Sunday, October 04, 2009

HOLLYWOOD DISABILITIES FORUM...BE THERE!


I am the chair of the Writers With Disabilities Committee at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and in that capacity, I am one of the producers (with SAG, AFTRA, et al) of a star-studded event on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, at UCLA. It's called the HOLLYWOOD DISABILITIES FORUM and it will bring together all kinds of Hollywood movers and shakers to talk about increasing the presence on TV and film of the 56 million disabled Americans out there.

After morning workshops for writers and actors with disabilities, RICKY GERVAIS will open the main proceedings with a taped welcome from London. Then writer/director PETER FARRELLY ("Something About Mary," "Kingpin," "The Ringer," "Me, Myself, and Irene," etc, etc) will give the keynote address.

Then a panel of serious writers and actors -- DAVID MILCH ("NYPD Blue," "Deadwood"), DARYL "CHILL" MITCHELL ("Brothers"), VINCE GILLIGAN("Breaking Bad"), RJ MITTE("Breaking Bad"), JANIS HIRSCH ("Will & Grace," "Brothers"), LINDA BOVE ("Sesame Street"), DANNY WOODBURN ("Seinfeld") -- will talk about the creative possibilities of disability-connected characters, humor, and story lines. Then we'll have cocktails and laugh about human frailties of all kinds.

For more info, go the FACE BOOK and search "Hollywood Disabilities Forum." Or contact diversity@wga.org.

This is a first of its kind event in Hollywood and has already gotten more response than we ever imagined. Let the gimp media revolution begin!

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