I Didn't See You There

USA 2022, 76 mins
Director: Reid Davenport

+ pre-recorded Q&A

A ground-breaking documentary shot entirely from filmmaker Reid Davenport’s physical perspective, both from his wheelchair and his two feet.

Reid Davenport’s documentary explores the legacy of the Freak Show when a circus comes to town and sets up near his Oakland apartment, while also confronting societal perspectives around Disability in an intimate and thought-provoking way. The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Reid Davenport hosted by BFI Disability Equality Lead, Clare Baines.

Reid Davenport makes documentaries about disability from an overtly political perspective. I Didn’t See You There is his first feature film. Life After, produced by Multitude Films, will be released in early 2024. In 2020, Davenport was named to DOC NYC’s ‘40 Filmmakers Under 40.’ His short film A Cerebral Game won the Artistic Vision Award at the 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It is distributed by New Day Films, along with his short documentaries Wheelchair Diaries and Ramped Up. Davenport’s work has been supported by Field of Vision, Catapult Film Fund, Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, XTR, ITVS, NBCUniversal, CNN, and Points North Institute, among others.

Clare Baines is a writer/director

Presented with descriptive subtitles for the D/deaf and people experiencing hearing loss. Audio Description available. The Q&A will have live-captioning and BSL Interpretation.

Director: Reid Davenport
Production Company: Ajna Films
Producer: Keith Wilson
Executive Producers: Dawn Bonder, Kathryn Everett, Andy Hsieh, Bryn Mooser, Alysa Nahmias, Marci Wiseman
Cinematographer: Reid Davenport
Editor: Todd Chandler
Sound Designers: Tom Baylis, Andres E. Marthe Gonzalez
Supervising Sound Editor:_ Andres E. Marthe Gonzalez

Reid Davenport

USA 2022
76 mins

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