FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
(61 min) USA
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Friday 10/18, 4:00 PM (Session 3)

Director/Producer: Regan Brashear


From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. Through the perspectives of five people with disabilities—a scientist, journalist, community organizer, bionics engineer, and exoskeleton test pilot—FIXED takes a close look at the drive to be "better than human" and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, including cameos by some of the world's leading integrated dance troupes and disabled artists (AXIS, Candoco, GIMP, Lisa Bufano, Sue Austin and more), FIXED challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century.


Regan Brashear has been working on labor, race, youth, LGBT and disability issues for over twenty years through documentary film, union organizing, community forums, and grassroots activism. Based in Oakland, CA, Brashear is a co-founder of Making Change Media, which produces videos for non-profits and labor unions, as well as independent long-form documentaries such as Fixed. Previously, Brashear served as a producer and community engagement coordinator at Open Eye Pictures, a production company in Sausalito, CA, organizing project development for the place-based, memory-mapping iOS app, Tributopia; community engagement for the Academy Award-shortlisted film, Under Our Skin and as co-producer for The Grove, a film about the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Both films aired nationwide on PBS stations in 2011. Brashear has a BA in American Studies and a MA in Social Documentation from the UC Santa Cruz.  She finished editing Fixed as a visiting filmmaker at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. 

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