September 23 - 30
Synopsis:CRUTCH chronicles the life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, breakdancer and skate punk on crutches, as he finds his voice and uses his artistry to expose the secret world of assumptions that people make about those with disabilities. Two decades of exclusive access, plus a lifetime of archival footage, depict Shannon from his early years, to his rise as an award-winning dancer and cutting-edge performance artist whose work finds outlet at prestigious venues worldwide.
CRUTCH examines Shannon’s controversial street performances as he exposes the hidden world of prejudices disabled people encounter in public, on a daily basis. While the film questions his early exploitation of strangers’ good Samaritan impulses, it also marvels at Shannon's ability to create solutions and offer empowerment to those facing similar challenges. From childhood 'cripple' to international provocateur, CRUTCH is an emotional journey of an artist’s struggle to be understood.