A Cerebral Game PURCHASE
Reid ponders his changing identity through the lens of baseball.  More info… 

SYNOPSIS:
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.  While Reid didn’t play, he relished talking about his beloved New York Yankees with his teammates, eating sunflower seeds and yelling advice to players.  This was the closest Reid would ever come to playing the game he loved.

However, as Reid entered his teenage years, he started to feel increasingly like an outcast.  In this intimately personal film, Reid explores the parallel between his adolescent loneliness and his ultimate rejection of the game he loved.  Reid narrates his own story and uses his shaky movements to mirror both the physical and emotional experience of going through adolescence with a disability.


AWARDS:

Artistic Vision Award, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Director’s Choice, 4th Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, 2015

DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY:
This wasn’t my first personal film, but it was by far the most intimate. It was the first time I used the literal physicality of disability – my hands – as a motif. I also believe that my adolescence is an example of how disability provides a very specific insight into humanity because it exaggerates certain elements of the human experience. Maybe most teenagers don’t feel the same degree of isolation or rejection as I did, but they nonetheless had the same feelings and can recognize them in the film.