Los Medanos College welcomes award-winning movie and sneak peek at an international film festival

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Disability Awareness Month, Los Medanos College (LMC) is hosting a screening of the three-time award-winning documentary, Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the LMC Recital Hall.

The screening is free and the community is encouraged to attend. To reserve your seat, register at http://www.losmedanos.edu/access/. The College is located at 2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA. Parking is available with purchase of a permit ($3.00). The best location to park for this event is Lot C.

This event is an interdisciplinary effort by the LMC Disabled Student Services and Programs (DSPS) and the Drama and Counseling Departments.

Fixed is shown as a preview of the longest running disability film festival in the world, Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and is in collaboration with San Francisco State University’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

A little about Fixed:

From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Fixed explores the social impact of human biotechnologies and rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

Starring NPR radio host John Hockenberry, MIT bionics engineer Hugh Herr, disability justice educator Patty Berne; biochemist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring; Ekso exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo; robot scientist Rodney Brooks; bioethicist and policy advocate Marcy Darnovsky; reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason; disability lawyer Silvia Yee, disability studies scholar Dominika Bednarska; futurist Jamais Cascio; brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes; and transhumanist James Hughes and philosophy professor Cressida Heyes. With cameo performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers and artists, including the Anjali Dance Company, Antoine Hunter, AXIS Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Dancing Wheels Company, Heidi Latsky’s GIMP, Kounterclockwise, Lisa Bufano, and Sue Austin with Freewheeling.

Produced by Making Change Media, Fixed is directed by Regan Brashear, an Oakland, CA-based independent filmmaker, founder of Making Change Media, and an active member-owner of New Day Films, a social issue educational media distribution cooperative. Brashear will be present for Q&A following the film screening.

For more information about LMC’s Disabled Students Programs and Services, visit www.losmedanos.edu/dsps.

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