Thank you, William Greer
After 20 years as the Director of the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival, it’s time to bid farewell to the only person to ever hold the job.
William Greer was a volunteer at CTD when he suggested we attempt a film festival focused on people with disabilities. It was such an intriguing idea that Executive Director Dennis Borel insisted he organize it. After all, there were other film festivals, even some with a disability theme. CTD had zero experience, of course, but we didn’t see that as a deal breaker. We held that first Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival in 2004. And then again, the next year, and then the next... Many stories followed. Read Dennis' full thank you comments to William for a few of them.
Note that CTD will continue to host Cinema Touching Disability, honoring the immense groundwork William has laid to elevate and celebrate the work of people with disabilities on film.
2023 was a big milestone for Cinema Touching Disability, as we celebrated our 20th year! October 20th and 21st, we gathered at a new (to us) venue, the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, to celebrate our community and enjoy a slate of incredible disability short films from near and far. Read our wrap up of this year's Fest for highlights, photos, competition results, and more!
Right: local musicians with disabilities Gretchen McMahon (center) and Devin Gutierrez (left) provided ambient music throughout the event. Gretchen took a moment to introduce the Celtic harp to Devin and audience member (and fellow musician!) Mary Rose Bushland. Photo by Patty Bushland.