HPU to Host ‘FIXED’ Director Regan Brashear

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 25, 2014 – High Point University will host an exclusive screening of “FIXED,” the highly acclaimed and controversial documentary film making waves at film festivals across the country. The showing, which will be followed by an up-close discussion with director and producer Regan Brashear, will be held at 7 p.m. on April 8 in the Extraordinaire Cinema of the R.G. Wanek Center. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Told primarily through the perspective of five people with disabilities, “FIXED” takes a closer look at the implications of emerging human enhancement technologies for the future of humanity. The event is part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment series – this year’s theme is “Diversity: Living in Community.”

“We are looking forward to bringing Regan Brashear to HPU and discussing the important issues that ‘FIXED’ raises for our community,” says Dr. Adam Graham-Squire, assistant professor of mathematics, who is coordinating the event. “Audience members will get a better sense of issues facing people with disabilities, particularly the dichotomy between the future potential of fixing all disabilities, and the reality that those fixes may not ever be financially available to many people.”

Following the showing, Brashear will be taking questions and encouraging discussion about the topics raised in the film.

Brashear has worked with labor, race, youth and disability issues for more than 20 years through documentary film, union organizing, community forums and grassroots activism. Now based in Oakland, Calif., Brashear is co-founder of Making Change Media, which produces videos for nonprofits and labor unions, as well as independent documentaries such as “FIXED.”

Her interest in disability studies, which eventually led to the making of “FIXED,” started in 1997, after a car accident began her ongoing journey with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. She is also a member-owner of New Day Films, a filmmaker-run distribution company which focuses on educational programming since 1971.

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