NYWIFT Member and Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grantee Simi Linton's Documentary Invitation To Dance is on RocketHub
NYWIFT Member Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch are launching a Rocket Hub campaign for their documentary film and outreach project, Invitation to Dance.

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In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly she confronted insidious forms of discrimination which she couldn't have imagined before. The film follows her story as, over time, she joins forces with a vibrant disability community and realizes that love, dance and activism can once again be central to her life. Simi introduces a lusty, fun-loving, cadre of activists who defy every conceivable disability stereotype. Their lives are filled with passion, struggle and humor.  Their antic and defiant demonstrations for equity range from crawling up the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building by day to irreverent partying in a hotel ballroom by night.   Ultimately, Invitation to Dance is a never before told coming out story of disabled people claiming their rights to “equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!”     

For too long, disabled people have lived in the shadows – denied basic rights and freedoms.  While there have been significant legal advances, profound discrimination and alienation continue to mark the lives of most disabled people.  Change is on the horizon.  Complacency isn’t an option.   Our answer?  A dynamic and innovative outreach project centered on Invitation to Dance. The time is ripe to present a film that invites people into this world; that charts a way forward. There are role models galore - if their lead is followed, integration is inevitable.   

The Filmmakers
Simi Linton (Writer, Director, Producer) is a writer (My Body Politic and Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity) and a disability/arts consultant. Linton was on the faculty at CUNY for 14 years. In 1998 she left CUNY to write, and develop her consultancy to filmmakers, artists and cultural institutions working to shape the presentation of disability in the arts and to increase the representation of works by disabled artists. Linton holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University.Invit is her first film.   

Christian von Tippelskirch (Director & Producer) has worked on Roman Polanski’s Carnage and The Ghost Writer, and on other U.S. and international projects. He was Producer and DP of the documentary project Hometown (about a family in Zambia/not yet released), a consultant on John Halpern's Refuge (a film about Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama), and Assistant Producer of Satellite Sky (about the race to the moon) for PBS and The American Experience. He received an MFA from Columbia University’s Film Department and is a long-standing member of the Director’s Guild (DGA) and the Producers Guild (PGA).

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts