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CinemAbility (2012)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 5 October 2018 (USA)
This documentary examines the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, TV and the web to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of people with disabilities.


Jenni Gold
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Ben Affleck ... Himself
Michael Apted ... Himself
Adam Arkin ... Himself
Paris Barclay ... Himself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Beau Bridges ... Himself
Marc Cherry ... Himself
Michael D'Amore ... Himself
Geena Davis ... Herself
Richard Donner ... Himself
Peter Farrelly ... Himself
Fern Field Fern Field ... Herself
Rick Finkelstein Rick Finkelstein ... Himself
Tobias Forrest ... Himself
Jamie Foxx ... Himself


This dynamic documentary will take a detailed look at the evolution of "disability" themes in entertainment, from film and TV to the Web, to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of those with disabilities. Our in-depth investigation has gone behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and utilizes vivid clips from Hollywood's most beloved motion pictures and TV shows to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society. Do disability portrayals in the media impact society? Or does the media simply reflect the publics ever-changing attitudes? This important documentary explores these questions and more to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of the disabled, and to prove how an enlightened understanding of disability can have a positive impact on the world. Written by jg

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, and language


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5 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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Disability's in Hollywood....Now and Then!
4 October 2018 | by shagee7977See all my reviews

Director Jenni Gold brings us CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion! This compelling documentary explores disabilities in Hollywood cinema over the last 120 years. This sometimes amusing look really bring us aware of something that is portrayed in the past but not as much as it should be! There were disabilities back in the golden age of films most notably the blind man in The Bride of Frankenstein. He was the only one to truly see Frankenstein. Through cinema we have seen many roles from TV to movies. Who can forget Ironside. But he was not really disabled but an actor playing a disabled person. A real achievement and a movie that is still to this day a classic is The Best Years of Our lives. Harold Russell played Homer Parish. He played a war veteran who lost his hands. Which was true he had lost his hands training paratroopers with TNT when the accident occurred. Well for his genuine portrayal in that movie he won 2 Oscars. One for best supporting actor the other for being an inspiration to all veterans. It was the first time a actor one 2 Oscars for the same role. Well Jenni Gold really dissects this topic and goes all the way to the silent era to the present. She takes an in depth look at the evolution from then to now with Big Hollywood actors such as Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, James Keach, Helen Hunt, Ken Howard, Gary Marshal, Adam Arkin, Peter Bogdanovich, Beau Bridges, Richard Donner, Gena Davis, Peter Farely, David L. Lander, William Macy, Jaime Foxx, Marlee Martin and a delightful Danny Woodbury, who is a true inspiration. Plus so many more! The amount of support Jenni got for this movie is overwhelming and heartwarming! This is a true tribute and should be watched. Not only as a message but also how important it is to include everyone. What an impact this has made for me. I really support this movie and hope everyone gets a chance to see this magnificent documentary!

From Director Jenni Gold, the first wheelchair-using woman in the Director's Guild, comes CinemAbility : The Art Of Inclusion. Featuring Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Marlee Matlin, Gary Sinise, Jane Seymour, Adam Arkin, William H.Macy, Helen Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan, Daryl Mitchell, Beau Bridges, Richard Donner, Peter Farrelly, Randal Kleiser and many more!

CinemAbility : The Art of Inclusion, written by Jenni Gold and Samuel W. Reed, releases on VOD October 5 from Leomark Studios

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