In Born Freak, British actor Mat Fraser takes us on an imaginative historical journey, filmed in part at Coney Island, exploring how and why disabled performers like himself survived by working in freak shows, traveling in carnivals across the U.K. and the U.S.
This provocative documentary (Paul Sapin/UK 2004/50 minutes) dares to ask, will audiences ever see disabled performers as anything other than freaks? Film includes a stunning visual score and was winner of the Best of the Festival at Superfest International Disability Film Festival in 2004.
disTHIS! fans may recall Fraser was featured in "Urban Myth" a part of the BBC's innovative "What's Your Problem? series (and audience favorite) we screened at the March 1 Sneak Preview party.
Fraser starred in a NYC stage production of The Flid Show last year to rave reviews and can be currently heard as one of the co-hosts for the BBC's new podcast which takes a witty and often irreverent look at disability issues, as a part of their disability-themed website, OUCH.
After the screening, audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in "Born Freak" with the films star, poet, researcher, and thalidomide ninja himself, Mat Fraser.
Presented with SATYA Magazine. For more information or to RSVP call: 212.251.4092