Celebrating the Culture of Disability through Filmmaking


Mar 8, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




BRIC House Ballroom
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Photo: Kitty Lunn, Dancer and Founder, Infinity Dance Theater

Celebrate the diversity of human experience and explore the representation of the disabled community in media and film, with special focus on competitive sports and the performing arts. The evening will include a discussion with filmmakers, documentary subjects and audience Q&A. Moderated by David Leventhal, Program Director, Dance for PD®, Mark Morris Dance Group, with Shaina Allen, Filmmaker, The Rebound, Qingzi Fan and Kitty Lunn, Filmmaker and Subject, Dancing on Wheels, and Patrick Filosa, Ambassador and Player, AMP1 (stand up amputee basketball)

People of all abilities and from all communities are encouraged to attend. The BRIC Ballroom is wheelchair accessible and films will be captioned.



David Leventhal, Program Director, Dance for PD®, Mark Morris Dance Group
David is a founding teacher and program director for Dance for PD®, an internationally-acclaimed program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has been used as a model for dance classes for people with Parkinson's in more than 140 communities in 17 countries. Committed to providing access to dance experiences regardless of mobility, he's produced a successful At Home DVD series and has helped conceive and design Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. Leventhal is a recipient of the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award and the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson community. As a dancer, Leventhal performed principal roles with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011 and received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award).


Shaina Allen, Filmmaker, The Rebound
Shaina is an award-winning director, director of photography and editor focused on telling impactful stories with creativity and purpose. Her experience includes a broad range of work in documentary and cinematic storytelling, editing for sports and news broadcasting creative content production, and award-winning lifestyle cinematography. She is a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design and currently the creative director and Co-founder of Shaina Koren Cinematography

Qingzi Fan, Filmmaker, Dancing on Wheels
Qingzi is a New York based independent filmmaker. She was born in a small city of China and raised in Shanghai. After getting her M.A, in Documentary filmmaking from NYU, she continues producing documentaries on important social and cultural issues. Her documentary short "DANCING ON WHEELS", featuring a paraplegic dancer Kitty Lunn, was officially selected in the 9th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival. Her most recent documentary "ONE WAY HOME" about two Tibetan students studying in Mainland China received national acclaim.

Kitty Lunn, Dancer and Founder, Infinity Dance Theater
(Kitty is the ballerina pictured above)
Thirty-One years ago, Kitty Lunn slipped on ice, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her back, leaving her a paraplegic. Having been a dancer her entire life, Ms. Lunn had to find a way to keep dancing. In the fall of 1995, she founded Infinity Dance Theater, a non-traditional dance company featuring dancers with and without disabilities. Infinity Dance Theater is committed to bringing the joy and drama of motion and movement to a new level of inclusion by expanding the boundaries of dance and changing the world’s perception of what a dancer is. To this end, Ms. Lunn has developed a wheelchair dance technique strongly rooted in and growing out of the technique of Classical Ballet and Modern Dance.

Patrick Filosa, Ambassador and Player, AMP1 and Founder, LimbPossible.com
Patrick J. Filosa is an athlete and amputee from Brooklyn, New York. Born with neurofibromatosis, he made the brave decision to have his leg amputated at age 24, after many surgeries. Since then he’s become an Ambassador for the Amp 1 Basketball team, the only known stand-up amputee basketball team in the country. This year, he joined the New York Rangers and Long Island Rough Riders sled hockey teams. When Patrick is not training or traveling he is working with Limb Possible, an organization he co-founded which focuses on motivational speaking, fundraising and sports training. To date, he has raised over $10,000 to provide opportunities for amputee children and their families to attend "Camp No Limits," a camp designed for amputees. 

Additional Panelists:

Ann Collins, Co-Producer and Editor, Swim Team

Laela Kilbourn, Director of Photography, Swim Team 

B Q R (D & N, 11PM - 6AM) to DeKalb Avenue
B D N Q R to Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center

B25, B26, B38, B52 to Fulton Street and Rockwell Place.
All of the buses listed above stop right across the street from BRIC and are wheelchair accessible. 

Tell the driver you're going to 57 Rockwell Place (Between Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue). It'll be much easier for them to find our building and you'll be dropped off right in front of the door. 


Call: 718.683.5600
Email: BRICFLIX@BRICartsmedia.org

BRIC FLIX is a free conversation and screening series that revolves around shorts, works-in-progress and web series that reflect the excitement, diversity and creativity of film and media in Brooklyn.

BRIC FLIX is always free and open to the public.

Venue Information:

A flexible performance space that accomodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. Located on the first floor of BRIC House. 

For ticketed events, the Box Office opens one hour prior to show time. Advanced tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 877-987-6487.

Contact Information:

718.683.5600 | BRICFLIX@BRICartsmedia.org

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