Filming - New York City
We started off the summer with a visit to NYC to film man-on-the-street interviews and sit-down with two influential thought leaders in the r-word and disabilities rights movement. We ran around Brooklyn and Manhattan for two days asking people their thoughts on the r-word - how often do they hear it, in what situation, in what context, and do they personally use the r-word? We conducted over 50 street interviews, met people from all over and had very honest conversations with complete strangers. Our final street interviews were held in the center of Times Square, which seemed appropriate after two full days of very real and exciting filming! We wrapped up our NYC visit interviewing Hannah Jacobs and Dr. Gary Siperstein - Hannah founded Family Member, an organization that works at stopping disability hate speech and promoting positive portrayals of individuals with intellectual disabilities in the media, and Gary, who's had a long and illustrious career in academia, is the author of the study Sticks, stones, and stigma: a study of students’ use of the derogatory term “retard.” These interviews generated so much insight into the r-word issue and debate and left us feeling extremely appreciative of their time, experience and energy.
(For more information on Hannah Jacobs and Dr. Gary Siperstein, please visit our 'CAST' page)