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. This virtual event will take place on Wednesday, January 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. 

  • Short films selected by disability rights advocates and filmographers
  • Featuring animated and dramatic shorts, plus full-length features
  • Hosted by the library for the first time in January 2020


Superfest 2021 Films

Alternative Ways of Being Human 
Used assistive devices take on second lives in this documentary about a passionate sculptor in Finland. 

Stand Up 
For all her life, 30-year old Jazmine who uses a wheelchair has wanted to be an actress. Meeting Ruth, while navigating the tough world of stand-up comedy, she learns that accessibility isn’t just about physical space.

Sign at All Times 
A young skateboarder shares his journey to find pride in his Deaf identity. 

Kim, who was born with one arm, gets set up on a blind date. When she finally meets Jake, she quickly realizes he also has a physical disability, and she is pissed.

Garden Variety 
A mockumentary about a disabled person’s garden and his unwarranted admirers

Chin Up 
Throughout her childhood, JoAnne loved to draw herself as heroic characters to escape the insecurity and feeling of being different that came with her condition. However, JoAnne never drew her facial features any differently to fit the scene of a heroic warrior or mystical mermaid. This animated documentary touches on poignant milestones that have impacted JoAnne and made her the strong woman that she is today. 

A young disabled woman fights to hold on to her identity in the face of the world’s assumptions, and strives for independence from her parents, who doubt her ability to become a mother. 

This reverent ode to the service dog tells the story of German immigrant Sonja Ohldag, who is diagnosed with a seizure disorder after moving to the U.S. in 1999. Unable to afford a service animal from an organization, Sonja trains her dog herself and takes a chance on Chief, who is not your average service dog. 

Gaelynn Lea 
Minnesota violinist and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea travels the upper Midwest on tour, experiencing the ups and downs of the road while hustling hard to make it as a performer and artist. 

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[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. 

Because of her leadership, we now offer HUB libraries dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities, we have trained staff at libraries across the state on how to make their programs and services more accessible, and we've created and expanded jobs for individuals with disabilities at the library.

People were Amber's passion and she was a fierce advocate for those with disabilities, making our libraries more welcoming and inclusive.

Thank you to our 2021 partners

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