Superfest Sacramento

A disability film festival

Celebrate cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex and engaging lens. The festival is one of a few worldwide, completely accessible to film-goers of all kinds.

The 3rd annual Sacramento Superfest takes place on Wednesday, January 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

  • Short films selected by disability rights advocates and filmographers
  • Featuring animated and dramatic shorts, plus full-length features
  • Completely accessible virtual film festival for film-goers of all kinds 
 

Sacramento Superfest 2022 Films

The following program contains mature situations/themes/language and is intended for an older audience. Viewer discretion is advised.



Sign NightSign Night
Sign Night is a poetic conversation in sign language between two star crossed lovers, projected onto buildings in central Bristol, U.K. The deaf performers share their dreams for the future from building to building, across the night sky. Sign Night is inspired by the balcony performers of Wuhan and Lombardy, this time using British Sign Language (BSL) – the vital, visual and versatile language of British deaf communities.
Alt text: Poster for “Sign Night” with two projections of people reaching up toward the sky from on top of buildings. Multicolor lights emanate out from them. Text reads “Sign Night” and the film credits.




Not a WallflowerNot a Wallflower
Ben is a spritely young man with a bright future. Living with autism is of no consequence for Ben, except when it comes to his boss, and finding love. Will Ben bloom beyond the wallflowers?
Alt text: Poster for “Not a Wallflower” featuring three stills from the film of the three characters, a white man and two white women, one of which has Down syndrome. They are all wearing green and yellow and are in a plant store. Text reads the film name in pink cursive with the film credits in green.
 




SuperfestAim Straight
A little hunter boy who only had one leg wanted to hunt with others, however what he got was laughing, mocking, and bias. He proved to others even though he was disabled, he still can do good hunting.
Alt text: Poster for “Aim Straight” featuring an animated child aiming a bow. He is clouded
by black shadows. Text reads the film title and credits in white.

 






SuperfestCODA
A young dancer struggles with her bi-cultural identity when she meets a confident young Deaf drummer who stirs up old conflicted feelings about growing up hearing in a Deaf family.
Alt text: Poster for “CODA” featuring a Black woman dancing in a studio with a blue hue to it. Film title is in blue and credits are in black.
 





SuperfestDead End Drive
During the zombie apocalypse, one survivor finds a dead end that will hopefully lead him to salvation.
Alt text: Still from “Dead End Drive” featuring a scruffy man in a neighborhood at sunrise. The sky is purple.
 

SuperfestSparkles
A 37-year-old woman with Down syndrome runs away from home and embarks on a journey from Kalgoorlie to Perth.
Alt text: Illustration of a woman with Down syndrome wearing fun patterns and a vest with
patches on it. Text reads: “Sparkles” on a purple sparkly background.

 






Superfestill, actually 
‘ill, actually' is a short documentary exploring the challenges of being young and chronically ill in a carefully curated online culture. A real life "superhero", a YouTuber and a camgirl explain why they choose to share -or hide- their chronic illnesses online.
Alt text: Poster for “ill, actually” featuring an illustration of someone in a wheelchair posing for a selfie, drawn in black and red. The poster’s text is also in black and red, with the tagline “Online you can be anyone. Why be ill?”
 






SuperfestLobster 
OK, so Cam's hungover, lost, vomit-stained, dealing with a very rude visitor, and totally in the dark. On the other hand, er, claw, she has an advantage that many Aussies can only dream about.
Alt text: Text on a black screen reads “Lobster, a red title reads lobster.”
 
SuperfestIf You Could Touch Me Now
"If You Could Touch Me Now'' is a student project by Anne Kjær, an autistic student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, in which she explores film as social action and focuses on the intersection between disability and sensuality. Featuring Robert Softley Gale, artistic director of the disability-led Birds of Paradise Theatre Company in Glasgow, the film is a cinematic poem about touch and pleasure from the perspective of disabled people.
Alt text: Still from “If You Could Touch Me Now” featuring three shots of the same pair of hands rubbing against each other on white sheets.
 
SuperfestSee Through
Jessie and Brian, a young Deaf couple, recently discovered they are about to become parents. Their neighborhood coffee shop thrums with everything left unsaid, while they unearth new ways to communicate.
Alt text: Poster for “See Through” featuring a Black woman sitting at a table. She wears a yellow shirt and has short curly hair. Text reads the film name in yellow with the film credits in white.
 






SuperfestYulubidyi - Until the End
A young Aboriginal man, Jarman, is tasked with protecting his younger disabled brother from life in a harsh remote community. His father, Thunder, wants him to become the leader of the tribe and mocks any weakness in him. Brianol, the disabled brother, is seen as useless and yet Jarman senses that the boy has a great connection to the land and spirit. After witnessing abuse and intimidation from their overbearing father, Jarman takes matters into his own hands and flees with Brianol to the desert. Thunder pursues them, aiming to bring Jarman home and abandoning Brianol to die. Helped by a dreaming creature (Mamu), the boys eventually escape and Jarman is given the physical strength to stand up to his father.
Alt text: Poster for “Yulubidyi - Until the End,” featuring an Australian aboriginal man walking through a burning field. Text reads the film title, credits, and award laurels.
 

SuperfestStill a Slave
This short film is an artistic response to many of the comments posted on social media that undermine the Black Lives Matter Movement. The film has been audio described using The Rationale Method which utilizes emotive poetry and sound effects. 
Alt text: Poster for “Still a Slave” featuring a Black man holding a lit candle at the end of a rope. His face is lit up by the firelight. Text reads the film title and credits in white.

 

 

[Image description: Amber Fawn Wooton Clark smiles while wearing a black and white T shirt that reads “The Future is Accessible.]
In memory of Amber Fawn Wooton-Clark
 
Superfest Sacramento is dedicated in memory of Librarian Amber Fawn Wooton-Clark and her work to make the Library more welcoming and accessible to all members of our community.







 
Thank you to our 2022 partners

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