Reid Davenport has made five short documentaries that explore the perspective of people with disabilities. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University. Reid is a 2017 TED Fellow and gave a TED Talk at the annual conference in Vancouver. His film awards include Best Short Documentary at the 2013 Awareness Film Festival (“Wheelchair Diaries”), the Artistic Visions Award at the 2016 Big Sky Documentary Festival (“A Cerebral Game”) and the Enerson Foundation Production Grant (“RAMPED UP”).
As an undergraduate student at the George Washington University, Reid received the Luther Rice Collaborative Fellowship to travel to Western Europe and document the lack of physical accessibility for people with disabilities. Reid spent three weeks in Europe and produced a 28-minute documentary entitled "Wheelchair Diaries: One Step Up."
He also co-founded an organization called Through My Lens, which teaches students with and without disabilities how to collaboratively make films. He hopes that this will lead to more narratives from the perspectives of people with disabilities.
Films by Reid Davenport
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Concerning Barriers consists of three films that are about disability from the perspective of people with disabilities. The films implicitly and explicitly explores issues and concepts such as accessibility, the medical model versus social model, marginalization, societal response to disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These films together create a more three-dimensional portrayal of disability than what is commonly shown in the media.
In its 25 years of existence, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been both hailed as a monumental law that ensures equality for people with disabilities, as well as called an enabler of frivolous lawsuits. The tension between both sides is explored through following a retired firefighter with a disability who has filed approximately 60 ADA lawsuits and a business owner with a disability who was sued under the law.
When Reid Davenport was discouraged from studying abroad during his junior year of college based on his disability, he was more than a bit surprised. Davenport decided to travel with a cameraperson throughout Europe, documenting the lives of Europeans with disabilities and exploring the social impact of inaccessibility.
Baseball was so much more than a game for Reid Davenport when he was growing up. It was about belonging and being a teammate, despite having cerebral palsy. In this intimately personal film, Reid explores the parallel between his adolescent loneliness and his ultimate rejection of the game he loved.