Justice has been served! Late today, Judge George Daniels has ruled that meaningful access to the NYC taxi system is required. For those of you who already have watched the rough-cut of our film "Invitation to Dance" know that Simi Linton was a plaintiff in above mentioned lawsuit. The NYC taxi of the future has to be wheelchair accessible! Read details in the news and spread the word. The ruling has a clear impact on New York City and hopefully will have a broad impact on future rulings across the U.S.
INVITATION TO DANCE has been awarded the
Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant.
It will be presented this Wednesday at the New York Women in Film and Television 31st Annual Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement at the New York City Hilton.
and Q&A with the Filmmakers
Saturday, October 15th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Syracuse University -
316 Waverly Avenue
After reading My Body Politic, filmmaker Christian von Tippelskirch saw the potential for a film that would reveal the meaning of disability in contemporary America. Simi and Christian joined forces to create a feature-length documentary that traces Simi’s life over the last 40 years: INVITATION TO DANCE. In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a wheelchair-riding young college student, she confronted forms of discrimination she couldn't have imagined before. She joined forces with a vibrant disability community committed to “Equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!” In time she realized that activism, sexuality and dance could once again be central to her life.
Simi Linton's personal story forms the narrative backbone of Invitation To Dance, a film based on her memoir "My Body Politic." In 1971, Simi was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student in New York, she confronts insidious discrimination she couldn't have imagined before. Simi emerges as a resourceful activist, and in time realizes that love, sexuality, and dance can once again be central to her life.