Will You Stand for Something or Fall for Everything?
Gateway Film Center
Growing up in small town Ohio, Abby Burton’s passion for the arts was something that was never taken seriously by the locals. Viewed more as a hobby, not a viable career path, it was up to Abby to prove that she could make it happen. That resolve led her to pursue a degree in Cleveland, Ohio. While studying journalism, she began to dabble in film. As she started to master her craft, she met her partner. Meeting him, a like minded filmmaker, was the catalyst for her to make the shift from writing to visual storytelling.
As a bisexual, disabled filmmaker, Abby has tackled some of the heavy hitting topics of destigmatizing mental illness in film, disability representation, LGBTQ+ issues, and so much more. Her style of storytelling draws upon personal experiences and its manifestation in the form of film. Having to deal with anxiety, depression, and PTSD on a daily basis, she wants to use her work as a platform to explore the ugly truths of the world and the impact it has on people.
Abby will speak about the growing movement for disability representation in Hollywood. Movies like Coda, Peanut Butter Falcon, and Wonder have assisted with providing more exposure to the hidden impact of disabilities. This shift to more inclusive, authentic representation is only the beginning. Dedicated filmmakers like Abby hope to continue to open eyes to the shrouded realities of our world.
Thursday, May 19
6:30 Social Hour 7:30 Presentation
Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Parking in the garage is close, convenient, and only costs $2 with validation.
Student non-members: $5
Credit cards and cash accepted.