A New Kind of Listening follows Chris Mueller-Medlicott, a young man with cerebral palsy who was mislabeled profoundly mentally disabled because he could not speak. Chris breaks through into stunning self-expression in this moving and inspiring film. The hour-long documentary, by Durham filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer, takes viewers inside the creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group, the cast of which is made up of members with and without disabilities, as they create and perform an original stage piece. Together they prove that a small community arts project has the power to transform lives. A New Kind of Listening weaves together deep feelings, playfulness, vulnerability, and unexpected loss in a joyful, painful celebration of our connection to each other. The result is a groundbreaking film with the power to change beliefs about intelligence, disability and what it takes to be heard.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

February 10th, 2010 @ 3:30pm
Picture This… International Disability Film Festival

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
http://www.ptff.org

February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:00pm
Sustainable Film Series

Fearington Barn in Fearington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina

Screening followed by panel discussion with local artists and advocates to focus on inclusive arts initiatives in Chatham Country. “Sustainable Cinema Series” is a film series featuring documentaries, narrative and independent films involving producers, directors, subjects and/or locations in North Carolina. Visit the Chatham Arts Website for more information.

March 7th 2010 @ 7:00pm
Jubilee! Community Church

46 Wall Street, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801

A workshop entitled Eyes to See/Ears to Hear: Connecting Authentically to People Living with Disabilities, will be led by Mark Medlin and Polly Medlicott. A donation of $10 is suggested. Register by contacting Polly (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com by noon of the workshop day.

March 8th 2010 at 10:00 a.m
Family Support Network of WNC
11 Vanderbilt Park Dr., Asheville, NC 28803

There will be a focus group meeting on community inclusive arts, with speaker Betsy Ludwig from Arts Access. All interested persons, including people with disabilities and their families, are invited to attend.

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