Friday May 10th - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
21c Main Gallery Stage

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18.7% people in the U.S. have a disability and are one of our largest minorities. However, the Geena Benchmark study which analyzed a decade of films from the Top 100 Largest Grossing Family Films found that less than 1% of all lead characters were characters with a disability. How do we, as filmmakers, broaden our creative landscape when conceiving characters or casting to more effectively add the differently abled to that mix – going beyond gender and race to those with disabilities as well? How do force ourselves out of what may be a comfort zone to consider someone we hadn’t initially envisioned in the role? And, what are the rewards for doing so?