“It is seriously charting into some [at least to me] unknown territory. I found it to engender a sense of what is it like to have a TBI in a surreal and yet grounded manner. Thoughtful and brave.”–Karl Lind, Karl Lind Films
Enjoy the Drama!
StoryMinders uses the media arts to share individuals’ and communities’ stories with access in mind through podcasts, films, and blogs.
We have two areas of film: Brainreels comedies and community-based projects. Brainreels films use comedy to lighten the load when talking about impairments as well as barriers in society and attitudes. Once we laugh together, it’s easier to face the tough stuff. The films ask you to laugh at things you might not think are all right to laugh about. This is how we create a shift in attitude about brain injury…one giggle at a time.
Our community-based projects are where storytellers and emerging filmmakers get to shine. Too often, brain injury leads to isolation. It can be difficult to re-integrate into society when you’ve changed but the world around you hasn’t. Working on creative teams and sharing your story and art give you the chance to invite others in to learn more about your world.
All of the films are based on first-hand experiences of folks with brain injuries and disabilities and their communities. We offer opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in creativity rather than hire non-disabled actors to be in our films.
“Cooking with Brain Injury”
A short comedy film with an insider look into realistic everyday difficulties after brain injury. It shows emotional outbursts, confusion and disorganization. And it relies on humor because after laughter comes more acceptance, hope and creative problem-solving. Follow Bill and Cheryl as they show how the truth really is stranger than fiction.
“Friending with Brain Injury!”
Like many people with a brain injury, Bill and Cheryl lost their social connections. They attempt to win a friendship with Jacqui on a surreal daytime TV show. Things go awry when the host tries to run things her way. The contestants have all had traumatic brain injuries in real life. They bring their experiences with social isolation, stigma, and communication difficulties to this short comedy film.
Brainreels comedies have been shown at disability film festivals, corporate diversity trainings, professional conferences, brain injury support groups and residential facilities, and to family members, clinicians, and students in allied health and rehabilitation.
I interview artists, activists, and cultural critics with brain injuries and other disability identities. Written, accessible transcripts are available for podcast episodes on the Who Am I To Stop It website.
“Who Am I To Stop It”
This documentary film focuses on artists with brain injury. Some use art to inspire action and show that nothing is impossible. Others create to better understand the world around them and the difficult changes brain injury has brought. Whether the art is considered expressive, therapeutic, or vocational, it plays an important role in each person’s self-perception as whole, complete and proud members of society. A community arts blog connected to this film is at www.WhoAmIToStopIt.com.
Short Films Projects
Other short-film projects are ongoing, where StoryMinders serves as a mentor for storytellers to develop their own films on topics that are important to them. From concept and narrative development to filming and editing, we create each film together from start to finish. This partnership introduces storytellers to the filming and editing processes while keeping the focus on their unique voices and perspectives. 2013 short films are all being filmed on a tablet computer. This project is supported in part by Regional Arts and Culture Council.
The Who Am I To Stop It Community Arts Blog is a showcase for various disability arts projects, brain injury support communities and blogs, and critiques of media representation of disability. Guest bloggers with disabilities share their art, essays, and stories.
Cheryl has guest blogged on: