As the French say: un road movie
Lantern's next event will be a screening followed by discussion
of images of the disabled in the media. If you want to prep yourself beforehand, here are a couple of events featuring Lantern friend Lawrence Carter-Long
that you may want to check out.
First, on April 3, from 10 am to 12 pm (with lunch to follow) join Lawrence in a panel discussion on humor and disability, as part of the Columbia University Disability Studies group. The location is the appropriately named Alfred Lerner Hall, Broadway Room (enter Columbia at 115th St. and Broadway. Follow path and take the first right to building entrance). You need to RSVP
to guarantee a seat.
Secondly, join Lawrence, the Disabilities Network of NYC and ConnecTV at "disTHIS!" the launch of a new monthly film series devoted to demystifying disability. It's on Wednesday, April 5 at the ConnecTV studios at DCTV, 87 Lafayette St (between Walker and White), from 6:30 to 9pm.
The inaugural film is Aaltra
, about which Time Out
One of the funniest black comedies in some time, Kervern and Delépine's deadpan chronicle of this largely wordless wheelchair odyssey is essentially a string of priceless sight-gags—beautifully shot in black-and-white—hung on to the sturdy premise of the steel-jawed protagonists' entirely undisguised dislike of each other and, probably, the rest of the world. Few if any of the gags hinge on their disability, and those that do highlight how the non-disabled world can unwittingly make life unnecessarily difficult for wheelchair-users.
The film starts promptly at 7pm.