Superfest Showcase: The Best of Disability Film

Superfest Showcase
Event Date: Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Location: SF State Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building

For over 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. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch the films you've missed brought to San Francisco State University!


All films are shown with captioning and audio description. For live captioning and ASL interpreting of program, please request by January 31, 2018 through Emily Beitiks via or (415) 405-3528. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us.

Film Schedule


Directed by Michèle Hozer

Canada, 2016, Documentary Short
Liane Yasumoto’s Jury’s Choice Award

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 Andrew Keenan-Bolger
United States, 2016, Short

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 Cheng Zhang, Reid Davenport
United States, 2015, Documentary Short

This documentary short follows the lives of a deaf couple with hearing children and the unexpected outlet that brings their family closer together.


Directed by Patty Berne
United States, 2014, Animated Short
P.K. Walker Innovation in Craft Award

A true story about desire and the arousal of taboo on a BART train.


Directed by Jeanette Castillo
United States, 2017, Animated Short

An animated comic medical memoir 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 healthcare system.


Superfest is co-organized by the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. Learn more at!