Superfest Showcase at SF State: The Best of Disability Film

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Photo of man in superhero costume cutting a young man's hair outdoors
For more than 30 years, this annual festival in San Francisco and Berkeley has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability in all its diverse, complex and engaging facets. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Coppola Theatre (Room 101)
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
Event extras: 


  • The Barber of Augusta (Documentary short, Canada, 2016). Toronto native Matthew Genser goes to great lengths to find his unexpected superpower: cutting hair. Like all superheroes, he has a dark side; but in his costume, he’s invincible. Put on your cape and get lined up! Directed by Michèle Hozer. Liane Yasumoto’s Jury’s Choice Award.
  • Sign (Short, U.S., 2016): Two men meet on a train — and a tender and unspoken love story unfolds. Through vignettes, music and sign language, Sign follows the relationship between Ben (hearing) and Aaron (Deaf) as they navigate life’s milestones side by side. Directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
  • On Beat (Documentary Short, U.S., 2015): This film follows the lives of a deaf couple with hearing children and the unexpected outlet that brings their family closer together. Directed by Cheng Zhang and Reid Davenport.
  • The Chili Story (Animated short, U.S., 2014): A true story about desire and the arousal of taboo on a BART train. Directed by Patty Berne. P.K. Walker Innovation in Craft Award.
  • Stab: Life as a Voodoo Doll (Animated short, U.S., 2017): This comic medical memoir is dedicated to all those who live with chronic illness or disability. Writer and director Jeanette Castillo pairs her tongue-and-cheek personal account of living with Type 1 diabetes with criticism of the American health-care system.


Photo: Matthew Genser (left) cuts hair in The Barber of Augusta.