• Art Gallery of Alberta (map)
  • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue
  • Edmonton, AB, T5J
  • Canada

Free Admission

Doors Open at 6:30, Screening begins at 7

This inclusive design film screening is curated by Dr. Megan Strickfaden (Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta). It includes films made locally and ones made in New York, Belgium and Vietnam. The films shown represent different kinds of abilities, disabilities, inclusion and exclusion through designed things and environments. The aim of this film screening is to question, critique and celebrate how designed things and dynamic environments enable, support, alienate or disrupt people’s behaviours, interactions and relationships.

Among the Giants: How an Innovative Nonprofit is Rethinking Design (2009 New York)

23:01 Minutes directed/produced by Cory Tomascoff

A short documentary film that tells about a non-profit organization called Adaptive Design Association (ADA). The mission of ADA is that all children (and eventually adults) with disabilities get the equipment and adaptations they need to participate fully in the community. The story is told through the voices of various people who are designers ‘on the ground’ working to create specialized objects.

G.I.M.P. Bootcamp (2008 Edmonton)

7:37 Minutes by Melisa Brittain and Danielle Peers

This film is a satirical exploration of how co-filmmaker Danielle Peers navigates between the social expectations of able-bodiedness and disability. This film uses humour to deconstruct the stereotypes of disability while illustrating various issues with built things.

Visitability #1 (2015 Edmonton)

0:15 Minute by Open Sky Pictures produced by the Edmonton Visitability Project Taskforce

This storyline is based on the Friday the 13th Part III movie (1982) and highlights the need for home to have a no step entry. The masked Jason approaches the front door in a wheelchair in an attempt to enter when his mission to murder is foiled because he can’t navigate the stairs at the front entrance.

iCUP (2014 Edmonton)

6:03 Minutes directed by Adam Bently

Edmonton’s stand-alone public bathrooms opened at the corner of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard with a design that doesn’t leave much to the imagination. This short documentary asks how much privacy are we willing to lose to satisfy our need for a “safe” washroom?

Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of the Budascoop in Kortrijk (2011 Belgium)

15:00 Minutes directed by Marc Dujardin

This film uses humour to present the successes and failures of the Budascoop, a movie theatre in Kortrijk, through universal design. Actors portraying people with various ‘disabilities’ (including a drunk tourist, a woman in a wheelchair and a man who is blind) go on an outing to see a film and in the process encounter various mishaps and barriers.

Light in the Borderlands (2012 Edmonton)

9:37 Minutes by Adolfo Ruiz and Megan Strickfaden

An artistic experimental documentary of three journeys recorded by legally blind participants in urban spaces in Edmonton Alberta. This film features three places in Edmonton: the mall, the gallery and the gym through the eyes of legally blind people.

Visitability #2 (2015 Edmonton)

0:15 Minute by Open Sky Pictures produced by the Edmonton Visitability Project Taskforce

This storyline is based on the Chainsaw Masacre movie (1974) and highlights the need for homes to have wider doorways and clear passages on the main floor. The chainsaw yielding grandfather Sawyer using a motorized scooter attempts to navigate through his victim’s home. His mission to murder is foiled when he is barred from entering the main hallway because the doorway is too narrow.

Khóc Nguoc (Crying Inside Out) (2014 Vietnam)

5:45 Minutes by director Huynh Lap (17 Production)

This award winning film tells the story of how exclusive the built environment and society is. The main messages are to urge authorities to increase the design of barrier free environments and to encourage people with disabilities to aim for positive action.

Visitability #3 (2015 Edmonton)

0:15 Minute by Open Sky Pictures produced by the Edmonton Visitability Project Taskforce

This storyline is based on the Psycho movie (1960) and highlights the need for homes to have a main floor bathroom that can be accessed by visitors who use mobility devices. The knife-yielding, cross dressed Norman approaches a bathroom in a home using a walker. His mission to murder is foiled when he can’t get into the bathroom because the entrance and door are too narrow.

We regret to inform you… (2015 Edmonton)

11:00 minutes by Eva Colmers and Dr. Heidi Janz produced by Bonnie Thompson (NFB Production)

Dr. Heidi Janz doesn’t like being boxed in. She is both productive and disabled which challenges CPP’s classification system. Intimate and honest, we follow Heidi as she navigates through her daily obstacles and environment. Trailer

 

This event is presented by MADE, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the University of Alberta