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University of Michigan Museum of Art - Helmut Stern Auditorium

525 South State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Ann Arbor is very proud to host the first local showcase of short films from Superfest International Disability Film Festival, the longest running disability film festival in the world.

Superfest celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. And Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible to disabled filmgoers of all kinds.


The Helmut Stern Auditorium, in the basement level of the U-M Museum of Art, can be reached by entering the Frankel Family Wing entrance, on ground level, located at the front of the building on State Street. Doors have automatic openers, and basement can be reached by elevator.

The Auditorium has theater-style general seating and spaces for wheelchair users.

All films will be shown with captions displayed on screen and with audio description included in the audio track.

Live remarks will be captioned with CART and interpreted in ASL.

If you have access needs not addressed here, contact CfDC-chair@umich.edu.


The following short films will be featured:

  • On Beat (2015) Cheng Zhang, Reid Davenport

  • Awake (2015) Michael Achtman

  • Stopgap in Stop Motion (2017) Stephen Featherstone

  • Stim (2017) Marrok Sedgwick

  • Sign (2016) Andrew Keenan-Bolger

  • Rhizophora (2015) Julia Metzger-Traber, Davide De Lillis

  • The Interviewer (2012) Genevieve Clay-Smith & R. Bryan

Invited Responses

Films will be followed by invited responses from local experts:

  • Jane Berliss-Vincent, Superfest Film Festival Juror

  • Sean Donovan, Film & Media Scholar
  • Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum, Disabilty Studies Scholar

Special Viewing

The Showcase will be followed by a special late viewing of the Mari Katayama exhibition at the UMMA Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery.


This event is made possible by the generous co-sponsorhip of the following organizations:

  • U-M Council for Disability Concerns

  • Services for Students with Disabilities Office

  • U-M Museum of Art

  • Office for Health Equity and Inclusion

  • University of Michigan Press
  • Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

  • Institute for the Humanities

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525 South State Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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