Image of Carrie Sandahl, a white woman appears on the screen. She says, “A movie that I like”
Candace Coleman, a black woman with longer black hair appears. She says, “No I can’t name any.” Riva Lehrer, a white woman with glasses and short red and grey hair says, “Yeah, it’s a pretty short list.”
Black screen appears with the words: Kino Lorber.
A quick succession of images: Two men walking down the street (from Midnight Cowboy). Two men riding down the escalator (from Rainman). The words: 1,000 films appear. Image of a wheelchair-using man in front of a world map with the words 100 years. Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller from Miracle Worker, Billy Bob Thorton’s character from Sling Blade, Cuba Good Jr.’s character from Radio, a man using crutches standing on a table with a scowl and pushing a young woman’s heads down, Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Susan Nussbaum says, “There are a lot of stereotypes of disability in the movies.”
Clip of Warren throwing Ted onto a table from There’s Something About Mary.
Image of Susan Nussbaum, a white woman with curly brown hair. She continues, “In fact, there’s nothing but.”
Image of a monster figure with gills and a woman with dark hair and with scratches on her neck float in water. Voice over for Crom Saunders says, “How people are represented, of course, is not the decision of the community. It’s the writer, the filmmaker, the actors even.” Image of Crom, a white man with glasses, signing.
Cut to image of a white man in a military uniform (Al Pacino’s character in Scent of a Woman) waving a gun above another figure’s head saying, “What life, I’ve got no life. I’m in the dark here.”Close up image of Hilary Swank from Million Dollar Baby being transferred into a chair.
Alyson Patsavas says, “Killing disabled people is a happy ending.”
Clip of a young boy with braces on his legs falling off as he runs (from Forrest Gump). “Curing disability is meant to be a happy ending,”
Alyson Patsavas, a white woman with short hair and glasses, appears and says, “Institutionalizing is meant to be a happy ending.”
Clip of little people from The Wizard of Oz on the yellow brick road. Tekki Lomnicki a little person with medium-length hair says, “People are always wanting to show little people as magical”
Clip of a blind man feeling a woman’s face. Susan Nussbaum says, “It seems as if that’s the first thing blind people want, is to feel your face.” Series of tree additional face-feeling scenes.
Susan appears on the screen and continues, “I don’t know, I’ve just never had that happen to me.”
Clip of a woman with a mask covering half her face. Lawrence Carter Long says, “The evil-doer, of course, is disfigured.” Close up image of a monster with a hunchback, Captain Hook, and a man whose torso is attached to a machine that looks like a mechanical spider. Lawrence a white man with short hair, points at the camera and continues, “I think somewhere in the dark, reptilian parts of our brain, we think. ‘Well, evil-doers must be ugly.” A series of clips from several films of woman screening after seeing monstrous figures, men with scars and/or facial disfigurements.
Mat Fraser says, “Our job, as disabled people, is to become in a position of enough power to be able to input into that imagery.”
Clip of a man wheeling a hospital-style wheelchair in a virtual empty room with a spiral staircase. Susan Nussbaum’s says, “Most people feel that to be able to think about a movie as you are seeing it is destroying your ability to enjoy the movie. And I would argue that it enhances it” Clip of a little person in a doorway (Austin Powers), one man shaking another whose face is bloodied (Of Mice and Men), an image of a man on a gurney with egg on his face (Coming Home), a birds-eye shot of a woman in spinning in a wheelchair (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane).
The words, “Code of the Freaks” appears in block letters. Then, “offend one….you offend them all.” “A film by Salome Chasnoff. Written by Susan Nussbaum, Alyson Patsavas, and Carrie Sandahl. Cinematography and editing by Jerzy Rose”