A Documentary film to discover what independence truly looks like through the eyes of the physically disabled.
A Documentary film to discover what independence truly looks like through the eyes of the physically disabled. Read more
About this project
Project Able is as much a creative documentary, as it is a journey. Our names are Imani Barbarin and Matt Curcio. We are recent college graduates with disabilities with one question we want to try to answer so that we may move forward with our lives: What does independence look like for people like us?
This film will chronicle our look towards the future as we find our independence through the strength and weaknesses of others like ourselves. We met in college where we bonded over the difficulties we were having as a part of the very small community of physically disabled students at our school. We realized very quickly that we had some of the same issues: how to get around the sprawling campus, how to be independent without seeming stubborn and how to ask for the help we need without feeling weak. We came to see that for all of the difficulties we were having, we couldn’t find people among the larger disabled community talking about the challenges we were facing.
According to the Center for Disease Control, just over 16% of adults in the United States have a physical functioning difficulty. If that is really the case, then where are these people? It seems that on the cusp of adulthood, people with disabilities seem to fade from society—always there, but never heard. Young adults and need to hear the truth about growing up disabled: that it is hard, but possible and that there are people like themselves who have succeeded in doing so and even those who just as we are. Through this documentary, as much as it is meant to be an expression of hope and inspiration, we hope to establish a resource of solidarity for those currently journeying along side us across the nation. The physically disabled community is one that has been silenced for many years and we plan to, through this documentary, become a voice to the voiceless. Join with us in this adventure and take a peek of the world through our eyes as we attempt to shed light on the disabled life to the public at large in Project Able.
The documentary will be filmed (with the assistance of a small crew) from the point of view of its creator’s (Imani and Matt) as we begin to ask the question: What does it look like for us to be disabled despite our physical disabilities? To answer this basic question we will take our audience through our own stories over the years, sharing our insights on our trials, failures, success and futures. As we travel through our own stories, we will be making pit stops along the way to ask questions and interview the disabled community along with the general able-bodied community around America. We will be talking to a diverse group of individuals with physical disabilities and giving them the chance to share parts of their stories and dreams. We will be interviewing disabled college-age students, teenagers and adults with the hopes of getting a better answer to our original question. But we will also be asking tough questions to families, friends and doctors of those with life-altering physical disabilities. Since they are the ones we are “dependent” on we will turn to them for their perceptions and wisdom on how they would like to see their loved ones achieve independence. Finally we will be speaking with some “surprise” guests who everyone, disabled or able-bodied, will be able to recognize. So that we can hear their stories and thoughts as well.
Does independence mean being financially independent? Does it mean being able to get dressed by your self? Does it mean having your own family? A full-time job? Or something entirely different. Project Able will be answering these questions and much more.
We are looking for donors to help get Project Able off the ground. If this is a documentary that you believe you could financially support we would be more than grateful and blessed by your participation. With your help we can bring this documentary to life!
Risks and challenges
Our risks and challenges with this project are that two physically disabled individuals are attempting to show our own independence through the creation of this documentary. Our physical challenges will impair that ability daily, but as with every other physically disabled person we have met. Our creative inspiration to adapt will overcome every obstacle!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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