Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We are a group of Chicago-based filmmakers and disability culture activists in production on a feature-length documentary about Hollywood representations of characters with disabilities. The working title, "Code of the Freaks" comes from a line in the 1932, movie "Freaks." Do you remember the barker's lines?

We are currently doing research, gathering ideas and conducting town hall events which we are recording for future use in our film. We hope to complete the film within 2 years.

This blog is a place to collect ideas and share news and thoughts about the project.
We are launching a monthly online film salon on April first on this blog and invite you to become an active member as you leave your comments and engage in a lively discourse with fellow film buffs.

Each month we will feature a new clip about a particular group of films with provocative questions to get the discussion going. Representations of Blind Men and Women in Film, Hollywood Images of Characters with Intellectual Disabilities and Cure me or Kill Me are a few of the online salon themes to be launched soon.

View the short trailer below, to get an idea of our perspective on the topic and please leave a comment. This short film premiered at the 2010 Chicago Humanities Festival as part of a town hall event with speakers Susan Nussbaum and Carrie Sandahl.

A key scene was filmed for our feature film, "Code of The Freaks", in June with our wonderful cast: Mike Ervin, Jim Charleton, Lawrence Carter Long, Carrie Sandahl, Penny
Brinson, Susan Nussbaum.
Director/Writer: Salome Chasnoff
Producers/Writers: Susan Nussbaum, Carrie Sandahl & Aly Patsavas:
Creative Producer: Laurie Little
Director of Photography: Robert Cauble
Editor/Unit 2 DP: Jerzy Rose
Unit 3 DP: Kimberly Nicole
Sound: Mason Thorn, Scott Kaser and Ian Wellman
Grips/Stills: Chris Del Sesto, Jake Klippenstein, Jean Claude Mugenzi, Raymond Smith
Additional Camera: Danielle Beverley

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Saturday, November 6, 2010

We had a fabulous turnout at our Chicago Humanities Festival event with an engaging and varied discussion after the screening of the new film clip, above. Please keep the dialogue going with your comments. Thank you all, for your support and stay tuned for the next salon!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Town Hall Event   Tues. Oct. 5th    6-8pm   Jane Addams Hull-House Museum         
Please join us for a screening of various film clips followed by a discussion on Hollywood's portrayal of characters with intellectual disabilities. The conversation will be moderated by Susan Nussbaum, disability rights activist, playwright, performer and director; and Carrie Sandahl, Associate Professor in the Disability and Human Development Department at UIC. The discussion will be filmed as part of a feature-length documentary on this topic. If you don't want to be filmed but want to participate in the discussion, we will accommodate you.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents' Dining Hall Building
800 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607

Film Clips:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hunchback of Notre Dame -- Disney animated feature
Of Mice and Men
Sling Blade
There's Something About Mary
The Other Sister
Forrest Gump
Tropic Thunder

Pizza will be served!