Superfest Disability Film Festival (Saturday-Berkeley)

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The Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison Street

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Welcome to Superfest Disability Film Festival!

Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since it first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970, it has become an eagerly anticipated international event—co-produced by San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

For more than 30 festivals, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible to disabled filmgoers of all kinds.

All films at this screening will be presented with captioning and open audio-description and all live dialogue will be available with American Sign Language and live captioning. Tickets for Sunday are sold separately through the Contemporary Jewish Museum website here.

The first 30 tickets sold will get a free Superfest Totebag with your order!

*Note: Saturday there will be open audio discription. On Sunday morning there will be open audio description / no audio description screening room available upon request. Sunday afternoon screenings there will be no audio description / open audio description screening room available upon request. Please make requests to Emily Beitiks at beitiks@sfsu.edu or 415-338-6010.

Saturday 12pm:


Naomi Chainey, Australia/2018/ 9 min

Best of Festival Short

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.

Deaf Jam

Judy Lieff, USA/2011/53 min

Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.

Song For Rent, After Jack Smith

Malic Amalya, USA/ 2018/5 min

Shot on 16mm film and with a loop of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” in the background, in this adaptation of a 1969 film by Jack Smith, Barbarella Bush joins Rose Courtyard – a drag character based on Rose Kennedy - in a campy exploration of US hegemony, queer assimilation, and queer disruption.

Carlotta’s Face

Fabian Driehorst, Valentin Riedl, Germany/2018/ 5min

Animated Short

As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around her to have faces. She even didn’t recognize her own face. This animated short shares her journey as she learns about her difference through isolation and cruelty until she later finds that art offers her a way to finally recognize herself.

Invalid Corps

Day Al-Mohamed, USA/ 2018/ 28 min

In July 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early launches a surprise raid that takes him to the very gates of Washington DC. The city is in panic. Almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union has already been sent south for the siege of Petersburg, more than 100 miles away. The only defenders remaining are clerks, government officials, and the Invalid Corps. Made up of men injured in battle or by disease, these "hopeless cripples" must hold out for a desperate 24 hours until Union General Grant can send reinforcements. With Lincoln himself on the ramparts, they cannot afford to fail.

The Gallery

Anthony Ing, UK/ 2018/8 min

Juror's Choice

At an audition, Maya becomes part of an absurd cycle, and loses track of who she's performing for and why. The Gallery is a narrative short that explores how some marginalized groups can be shut out of cultural institutions, and how they can feel pressured into perpetuating a system that doesn't appear to be working in their favor.


I'm having trouble purchasing tickets through this site. What do I do?
Email avecchione@lighthouse-sf.org

Where will the event be held?
On Saturday, October 12th, Superfest will be held at The Freight and Salvage, in Berkeley.

On Sunday, October 13th, Superfest will be held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in 736 Mission St in San Francisco. You can purchase tickets for Sunday on our sister site.

How do I find out what films will be screened at what times?
Our website!

Are there discounted tickets?
We have set aside tickets for low-income guests who would like to attend, but cannot afford the ticket price. Email avecchione@lighthouse-sf.org to inquire.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
Superfest sells out every year so we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the door for both events. Or you can purchase tickets in advance at the Freight and Salvage box office.

Will there be food?
There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase, coffee teas, and alcolholic beverages at the Freight and Salvage cafe.

Is the venue and festival accessible?
100% access is impossible, but we are always striving to get as close to it as we can. In addition to ample space for wheelchairs; a friendly environment for service animals; and a scent-free environment; films will be audio described and captioned; and ASL interpreting and live-captioning will be provided. For additional accommodation requests, please contact Emily Beitiks at 415.405.3528.

Is the event family friendly?
Our films are a mix of family friendly and adult content. If you would like help selecting a screening that's best for your family, contact Emily at beitiks@sfsu.edu.

Where do I buy tickets for the Sunday event?
Sunday tickets may be purchased on our sister site.

How do I get there and where can I park?
The Downtown Berkeley BART station is located just around the block from The Freight and Salvage, on 2020 Addison, between Shattuck and .Milvia.


The Freight is easily accessed from Interstate 80 in Berkeley (Exit at University Avenue).

  • Go East on University Avenue toward UC Berkeley

  • Right on Shattuck Avenue

  • Right on Addison

Parking is available at Center Street Garage next door to The Freight, has re-opened. See also Downtown Berkeley’s parking info.

Who do I contact with questions?
Andrea at avecchione@lighthouse-sf.org, or call (415) 694-7311.

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