32 min (2013)
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 an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm of disability justice.
The Sins Invalid Documentary is distributed by New Day Films, a filmmakers’ cooperative and the largest distributor of documentaries to the academic market. We are also available for streaming on the Kanopy platform, available through many colleges, universities, and libraries. The film includes options for Closed Captions and Audio Description.
SINS INVALID is a 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
An important document of a groundbreaking performance project, Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty does much more than make a claim to beauty. It offers up entertainment, excitement, and resistance. It's erotic and difficult, thought-provoking and funny. For those of us who have never been able to see the show live, it provides a glimpse of the magic that has been happening in the Bay area since 2006. For educators, the film can serve as a 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. Because Sins spends it's time showing more than telling, the resulting film provides much richer for classroom and group discussion. - Cory Silverberg, sex educator and author on Sexuality Guide, About.com, and co-author, "The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability"