Since last February, when Terminal Device screened at Ottawa’s By-Towne Cinema as part of the Megaphono Festival, and subsequently at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the film has enjoyed some international attention. First up, as mentioned in my previous post,* was the Superfest International Disability Film Festival, a fantastic two-day event in San Fransisco. In support of the film’s appearance, I did a radio interview in Berkeley on 94.1 KPFA, and there was some web-press attention too, here, and here, as well as an interview with Superfest’s Alex Locust.
Superfest was eye-opening and exhilarating to attend. It congregates a committed and savvy, disability-oriented audience: activists, artists, academics, members of the local disability community and sympathetic (able-bodied) others. I thoroughly enjoyed my brief time chatting with the moderator of the Terminal Device post-screening q & a, Jim LaBrecht. The fest organizers and volunteers were warm and welcoming and I loved that I was folded into the event simply as someone with an interesting story to tell.
In November, the film played at the 59th edition of DOK-Leipzig, the oldest documentary festival in the world and the largest in Germany. The film was well received and at both of its screenings, I was glad to have a chance to speak with the audience.
One of the best parts of my experience in Leipzig was meeting the young couple who put me up during my stay, a billet arranged by the festival under their “Zimmerfrei” (vacant room) program, and which could not have been better. We hung out, took meals together, rode bikes, went to films and generally enjoyed each other’s company for my four-day stay. I was able to see and experience the city in a way that’s not possible when staying alone in a hotel room. I’m grateful to the festival for the chance to have met Rebecca and Thomas and get to know them and their neighbourhood. Leipzig is beautiful and hospitable, and DOK-Leipzig is a large and very well run festival.
DOK-Leipzig is also business-oriented and consequently Terminal Device attracted interest from more than one international distributor. I may have more news on that soon, and am pleased that the film has caught the attention of companies that might help get it out to a broader public.
In December, Terminal Device will play the Together! 2016 Disability Film Festival in London and the Inclús Barcelona International Disability Film Festival. Obviously I’m delighted with the festival plays the film has garnered. There may well be more to come.