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Festival Run
The Messy Middle
45 min.
While overall representation of disabilities on TV is slowly but surely improving, many series still tend to depict characters with visible disabilities as the Tragic Victim or the Heroic Martyr -- but rarely are they depicted as people, with all the complexities that entails. We’ll sit down with the writers and actors who are exploring the uncharted territory of the "messy middle," where characters with disabilities are just as flawed, funny, and despicable as anyone else. They'll also discuss how creatives can push beyond the fear of getting it “wrong” when it comes to disability representation, and what getting it “right” actually means.
Screenings
Panelists
Steve Way, Sofiya Cheyenne, Ryan J. Haddad, Katherine Beattie, Kayla Cromer
Moderator
Kristen Lopez

Steve Way
Actor, “Ramy”
Sofiya Cheyenne
Actor, “Loudermilk”
Ryan J. Haddad
Actor, “The Politician”
Katherine Beattie
Writer/Producer, “NCIS: New Orleans”
Kayla Cromer
Actor, “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”
Kristen Lopez
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