Lunch&Learn: Disability Representation On and Off-Screen

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Join us to work toward a more ethical industry! Presented by RespectAbility and Seed&Spark — with Filmshop, The Gotham, In The Cut, and LMU.

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How can we foster 'more visibility for disability'?

Stories from marginalized groups are getting screen time, and that's great! But one group — perhaps the largest — gets the least focus (on screen and on set): the disability community. What steps are professionals taking to support the community? How is the landscape changing? And what can we, as independent filmmakers, do to foster support on our own films?

Join Seed&Spark for our Lunch&Learn: Disability Representation On and Off-Screen as we talk with industry professionals about the new landscape for disability representation and the importance of these roles as more diverse stories are brought to life.

Lunch&Learn: Disability Representation On and Off-Screen is an event in our Ethical Set Series. We hope to see you at future events, where together we’ll focus on building an industry with inclusion at the forefront of our work!

About RespectAbility

RespectAbility is a diverse and disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future. Our mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

The following are RespectAbility’s core programmatic areas:

Entertainment and News Media: Increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people in media so people with disabilities are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot.

Leadership: Enable diverse people with disabilities to participate fully in decision-making.

Policy: Promote best practices in education, employment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and access.

Faith Inclusion: Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based communities.

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About our partners


Making a film is a herculean endeavor. There are many creative challenges—honing your vision, finding resources, bringing out the best in your team, staying the course. Filmshop is a community that makes the process much less solitary. When you go through similar challenges with fellow filmmakers, it makes the impossible that much less daunting. When you can ask a diverse community of working cinematographers, editors, writers, and directors to pitch in to your project, somehow financial, creative, and emotional challenges dissolve.

We make films happen.

Founded in 2009, Filmshop is a nonprofit collective of independent filmmakers committed to developing new work through peer support and collaboration. Chapters in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles and New Orleans meet weekly to workshop projects, offer constructive critique, and incubate new ideas.

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The Gotham

The Gotham provides various levels of membership to creators in the film and media industry (filmmakers, screenwriters, podcasters, and more) with the goal of providing tangible connections, learnings, and skills to apply to their projects and careers. Some of the membership programming The Gotham offers include monthly screenings/Q&As, panels, mentorship, classes, and networking events. Learn more about membership levels and join The Gotham here.

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In The Cut LA

In The Cut LA produces multiple online events per month, carefully curated to bring value to budding Black creatives and other marginalized communities. Through the site’s resources page, Instagram, Clubhouse conversations, and their free networking group, they strive to share advice, industry news, job postings, and more on a daily basis. ITC classes are low or no cost, and taught by respected professionals currently working in the entertainment industry. Through research, experience, and network, In The Cut has created a space where you can learn from real industry professionals and receive actionable, thoughtful advice on how to advance your career.

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Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV)

Industry-leading facilities, expert faculty, and a diverse community with global reach make the School of Film and Television (SFTV) at Loyola Marymount University one of the top 10 film schools in the country. Located in Los Angeles, the heart of the media and entertainment industry, SFTV is known for its robust hands-on training, exceptional liberal arts education, and highly engaged community. From shorts to sweeping cinematic projects, television to film to new media, SFTV is showing a new generation of creative voices and visionaries how to create stories that matter and shaping a more inclusive and equitable culture along the way.

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