Film Screening and Director's Q&A - Hale

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:00PM

Film Screening and Director's Q&A - <em>Hale</em>
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Join California Historical Society and filmmaker Brad Bailey in a celebration of the grandfather of the disability movement, Hale Zukas. We will start with a few short remarks on the film, screen it, and then have an audience discussion with Brad after the film.

About the Film

Hale Zukas, 73, has had cerebral palsy since birth. He attended the University of California at Berkeley during the height of the Free Speech Movement. Hale is a math major, and fluent in Russian. He was one of the founding members of the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, the first group of its kind in the world dedicated to advocate for the rights of disabled people. He worked with Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann for many years, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board in Washington. Hale was instrumental in shaping the B.A.R.T Accessibility Task Force to assist San Francisco Bay Area transit riders in gaining public access to transit systems.

In 2012, a permanent plaque was placed in his honor at the Ashby rail station in Berkeley. Berkeley is the birthplace of the disability movement, and the work started by Hale and others in the 1970's forever changed how the world looks at disability. Today, he continues to advocate for disability rights worldwide. This film chronicles the current life and history of a disability rights pioneer. We also explore the 504 Demonstrations of 1977 where Hale and other disability activists occupied the San Francisco Federal Building to demand equality for disability rights.

About the Filmmaker

Originally from Moultrie, Georgia, Brad Bailey received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale and his Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton. He is currently a graduate student in Oral History at Columbia University. Last Spring, he recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism and Hale is his documentary thesis from the program.

About the Producer

Isaac Smith's interests include cognitive science, public policy, and cinematography. He has produced educational, instructional, and social issue documentaries in such far-flung locations as Dakar, Senegal and Yangon, Myanmar. A 2015 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in Public Policy, he studies the interface between politics, cognition, and morality. He is interested in being at the vanguard of the new evidence informed, multimedia conversation about how society should regulate itself in the era of neuroscience and Big Data.

In his spare time he is an enthusiastic father, yogi, gardener, and gesture and multimodality researcher.


WINNER STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD DOCUMENTARY GOLD 2017, WINNER of First Prize Award for Short Documentary at Rhode Island International Film Festival 2017, Official Selection at Savannah Film Festival 2017, Official Selection St. Louis International Film Festival 2017

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