disability stories, Elevators of Kingston, Empire Theatre _A film, first movie script, intersectional, organizing, solidarity, studio226, tv series

dear A,

Hi A, how are you!? sorry, I’ve been awful out of touch. I really did want to see your recent work. i am finding going out difficult so i put my mind to use.

I have an idea for a new project. It’s a TV series about local people in the community and their stories. I’ve already got two people who want to tell their stories and make a video documentary. ambitious people. one wants to start school as a disabled mature student in 2018, and the other, a filmmaker and fellow chair user, is making a film about their life. Both are looking for a producer, director, crew, and team of creative people including writers. I’m interested in making this happen for them. Although, i’m not sure what this will take. It needs to integrate a wide range of able and disabled bodies into the fabrics of social life.  I’ve been calling this large idea a disability film and media studio. Although i think it can be more than that. A school. A countrywide learning program. Whatever. What i know is its great to learn by doing. I am in the early stages of writing a proposal. In fact, i am using this WordPress space as a great big whiteboard to vision this project. For physical location i had been thinking of the old blockbuster on queen street, you can imagine.



Two years since i began this visioning program and despite countless failures to move forward with real concrete steps, i continue to nurture the ideas. I feel as if i were a space traveller. Imagining a future here now with its springtime green garden, forest on top that live and breath fresh air.  And it is a creation of love. A fine fine grotto.

In the end what matters is this is an accessible garden for people with disabilities to grow their own medicine. We are finding ways to do that together. I believe we will also build an elevator on the East side of the building that spoons out into the parking lot garden. the elevator will be glass. and you can see out all around. It is never shut off and anyone can go up in it at any time to garden or weave new vines and structures from the fine forest of willows and saskatoons that the ancestors left for us to grow.

I am drawn out now. time for a nap.

Your’s in the journey,

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