Recently Jason’s Connection Founder, Jason Harris, sat down with filmmaker Alice Elliott. In this fascinating interview, Ms. Elliott shares her views on her life and work, talks about what it’s like to be a woman in the film industry, and discusses a new film project she is working on, Miracle on 42nd Street.
“People with disabilities…are not angels, they’re real people with real problems, and real solutions, and real lives.”
ALICE ELLIOTT is the director, producer, and cinematographer on the Academy Award nominated film The Collector of Bedford Street, her first film in a trilogy of works on life with disability. The second film in that trilogy is the PBS award winning documentary, Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy. The film is an exploration of the remarkable bond of friendship and activism that sustained Diana Braun and Kathy Conour for forty years–a symbiotic relationship that defied Diana’s Down syndrome diagnosis and the limitations placed on Kathy by cerebral palsy. Both films have played at the Breaking Barriers Film Festival. The third film is an exploration of marriage between a couple with Down syndrome; The Dignity of Risk.
A media consultant for disability organizations, Alice enjoys creating and distributing films that change the world for people with disabilities. Last spring she directed ACTIVATE HERE!, a series of short videos to help people with developmental and intellectual disabilities learn to advocate for themselves. Each month her company, Welcome Change Productions, distributes relevant and well-made disability media through their Trusted Source newsletter. Her films are distributed through New Day Films, a filmmaker owned educational distribution cooperative. She is a teacher at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
For more information on Alice Elliott and her work, please visit: http://www.welcomechange.org/about/alice-elliott/
For a downloadable podcast of this interview, please visit: http://jasonsconnection.podbean.com/e/showing-a-new-view-on-life-with-disability-meet-academy-award-nominated-filmmaker-alice-elliott/?token=7b24b3b5c6f228e402b76c075f37fd7d