Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty

Summer 2013, the crew at Sins Invalid completed our self-titled documentary, Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty, a revolutionary independent film sure to be a paradigm shifting experience as it reveals crip eroticism at its finest…

A study guide is available for the film.

From our Press Materials:
“Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. Sins Invalid is as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm of disability justice.

Including interviews with cast members and project director, the film features performances by Nomy Lamm, Cara Page, Maria Palacios, ET Russian, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha , seeley quest, Mat Fraser and Rodney Bell.

A total of 100 hours of footage was recorded between June 2007 and Aug 2011. Interviews were shot in locations throughout the SF/Bay Area (Brava Theater in SF, Z Space in SF, Interplay in Oakland and at “Sins Central” in Berkeley) and in NYC’s Central Park.”

Film Accolades:
“Flexible and indispensable tool, bringing issues of sexuality and gender, race and class, embodiment and disability into the room in a powerful and immediate way.”
- Cory Silverberg, Co-Author, The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability

“Reveals the reality that many have tried to keep hidden: humanity remains despite any ways that our bodies may not reflect the Hollywood norms. So it all comes back to the joy of surpassing, the joy of creation and the joy of desire.”
- Jewelle Gomez, Author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories

“Moving decisively beyond any simple ‘shock’ or ‘transgressive’ aesthetic….challenges the politics that systematically disables our ability to recognize beauty.”
- Terry Rowden, Author, The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness

"SINS INVALID is an REVOLUTION in both performance and society, a REVELATION showcasing bold new talent that audiences have been missing and an EVOLUTION where everything you think you know about disability is breathtakingly redefined..."
- Lawrence Carter Long, Media enthusiast, Founder/Curator of the disTHIS! Film Series

For more information:
Sins Invalid
Patty Berne
(510) 214-6530
pattyberne at sinsinvalid dot org

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