Full Spectrum announces virtual discussion series

Chicago-based Full Spectrum Features, in conjunction with BACKBONES and All Senses Go announces there newest program, ACCESS REFRAMED.

This virtual discussion series is designed to educate, advocate, and enact change towards greater access to content for creators and audiences in the film community nationwide. 

The first discussion is Friday, October 9.


Access Reframed aims to educate, advocate and enact change towards greater access for creators and audiences in the film community nationwide. Making media accessible is too often approached as an afterthought, with only compliance in mind.


From cost barriers to seemingly complex technologies, creators, presenters and funders find themselves in a constant conversation about who is responsible for meeting access needs such as captioning, ASL interpretation, audio description, and more. This project intends to approach the challenge from a place of collaboration, reframing accessibility as a societal value that’s good for business.

More information on the program is available online HERE. Registration is free; content creators, filmmakers, producers, exhibitors and film festival organizers are especially encouraged to attend.

Learn More and Register HERE.

OCTOBER 9, 2020, 2PM-3:30PM CST

Filmmakers/Producers discuss how to make filmmaking, audiovisual media, screenings, and events inclusive for people with disabilities. Panelists will explore the importance of captions, description, and accessible screenings in both physical and virtual spaces, and share their own experiences as filmmakers with disabilities. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of both the incentives and the values involved in increasing access and equity at every stage of a film’s journey.

Conversation moderated by Day Al-Mohammed (FWD-Doc). Panelists include filmmakers Reid Davenport, Rodney Evans, and Jade Bryan.

OCTOBER 16, 2020, 2PM-3:30PM CST

Exhibitors, Programmers, and Distributors discuss equity and access for filmmakers and audiences with disabilities in the film and media community and society at large. Panelists will explore inclusion in physical and virtual screening spaces (where); programming and outreach/impact efforts (what); decision-making and implementation (how); and leadership opportunities in the industry (who).

Conversation moderated by Day Al-Mohammed (FWD-Doc). Panelists include Cheryl Greene (New Day Films), Brenda Avila-Hanna (New Day Films), and Emily Beitiks (Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University).

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