Lewiston Maine – Michael Reynolds, filmmaker and webmaster,
is proud to announce the release of his new documentary “Million
Dollar Bigot. ”The film chronicles the disability rights opposition to
film “Million Dollar Baby” with insights from CSI Star Robert David Hall,
Reporter John Hockenberry, disability publishing pioneer Mary Johnson,
and many others. The film was completed with the support of the
National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Not Dead Yet, and Maine
Independent Media Center.
Reynolds, 31, calls his work a “documentary film by accident
attending a conference in Washington DC in May of 2005and had a “eureka”
moment, when he realized most of the major players in the grassroots
disability struggle over the movie were at the event and easily accessible
to a filmmaker like himself. Networking with a friend who was taping
with a DV camera and using his own stock footage, Reynolds set out to
chronicle the disability resistance to the Clint Eastwood film.
Reynolds is also breaking new ground by working to establish
distribution system based roughly on models pioneered by Robert Greenwald
and Moveon.org The 19 minute film is available through the Internet
Archive. Reynolds is also developing a network of people who will show the
DVD, similar to the house parties other grassroots progressive
organizations. Reynolds is soliciting a small donation to help with mailing
and distribution, but no one will be denied a DVD regardless of ability to pay.
Reynolds is also choosing this time to Forex trading heighten the awareness
Court Nominee, John Roberts, a nominee whose views and law background leave
much to be desired regarding civil rights issues, especially disability
rights. Roberts also argued to reduce the scope of the Americans with
Disability Act in Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams, a case argued at
the Supreme Court The release of the film is also timely, as two major
disability cases will be argued on October 5, 2005. These cases pose wide
implications for access to end of life decisions and the rights of students
with disabilities. Disabilities. Any additional funding will be used to
cover these cases and other future projects.
Million Dollar Bigot, a website started by Reynolds, received
attention easier this year before the Oscar Ceremonies. John Hockenberry
graciously contributed “And the Loser Is,” an essay on media coverage
of "Million Dollar Baby." Both the website and the essay were featured in
a number of different media outlets, including Fair.org, “Counterspin,
and Common Dreams.
About Uppity Disability dot Net.
Uppity Disability dot Net is a nonprofit web site promoting the progressive
views of disability rights and culture. Uppity Disability dot net has
Resources for Organizing Social Change as its fiscal sponsor. Reynolds is
31, has Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities, and is a part time
wheelchair user. Reynolds has a part time job in the teleservices field.
Infomation about the film
Filmed: April '03, Sept, 03, May 05
Edited July- August of 2005
Shot mostly in Washington DC. Edited in Maine!
Tons of folks have/continue to support us - in July of 06 we had a successful online awareness building on The "Sweet 16" Anniversary of the ADA.
We've screened at The Reel Life Film Festival in October, 2005, in Detroit, MI as well as the Maine Social Forum in July 2006.
We have a piece airing throughout Maine on the Maine Video Activist Network now/soon.
Major screening news Soon!!!
News : John Hockenberry was interviewed for the Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (fair.org) 's show Counterspin in March of 2005, primarily for his essay "And The Loser Is". Yup, we continue to be amazed by the news coverage we still are getting.
The link to the mp3 is here on the FAIR web site.
Read John Hockenberry's
"And the Loser Is" article
(A Milliondollarbigot.org exclusive)
Complete archive of the Oscar Controversy here