Stories from the brainreels guest Cynthia Lopez

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Originally this blog was going to be only about the documentary “Who Am I To Stop It.” I was going to update readers on the progress of filming and then all the glorious listings of screenings, festivals and celebrations. You can tell this is my first documentary by now, right?

The process of figuring what you’ll film and how you’ll film it is ongoing and takes a long time and a lotta thought. Filming, same thing. Editing, same thing. Marketing, same thing. So you might come to notice there aren’t too many updates on the film here. We’re moving slowly and thoughtfully. And I don’t want to post “Cynthia and I had a meeting again!” That’s not fun to read. We’re still shooting footage. Cynthia is editing a trailer. We’re thrilled.

Also, when Cynthia and I talk about the film and ideas behind it, we find people are pretty unfamiliar with this type of project. So to give some context, I’ve been posting for the past year or so about disability culture and media representation of disability, and making the space for other disabled artists with other angles to share their work here. My hope is that all of this sharing helps you see what the film’s vibe is and what sets it apart from other brain injury documentary films.

But I do understand that still seems kinda vague. So on this week’s Stories from the brainreels radio show, I’ll be interviewing Cynthia Lopez, my co-producer, co-director, the editor, and my mentor on “Who Am I To Stop It.”

A quick teaser of what you’ll hear in the show:

  • This is a non-inspirational documentary.This is an observational documentary. We spend more time observing the lives of three artists with brain injury than interviewing them.
  • You can watch the film start to finish, and you won’t learn how the people in it got their brain injuries.
  • This film is made with access in mind. The artists’ and the film crew’s well-being are put first: short film shoots, low lighting, quiet spaces. We may not move as fast, but with people with brain injury on cast and crew, we have to be accessible. Period.

Please tune in at 1:00 pm Pacific time and any time after that to hear us chat candidly about our work and access.

Click here for an accessible transcript of podcast episode #015.