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Toward Intimacy

1992 · 61m

Toward Intimacy

1992; 16mm; 61 minutes

A one-hour documentary on women, disability, and sexuality, produced by Studio D, National Film Board of Canada

Director: Debbie McGee; Producer: Nicole Hubert; Cinematographer: Susan Trow; Editor: Francine Fleming

Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, St. John’s Women’s Film Festival, Festival de Nouveau Cinema; Awards: Special Mention by the Jury of the Association of Women Journalists, Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, Creteil, France, 1993, Special Mention International Festival Cine-Video Psy de Lorquin, Lorquin, France, 1993, Blue Ribbon, American Film and Video Festival, 1993, Gold Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival, 1993, National Women’s Studies Association, 1993, American Psychological Association, 1993; Selected by the Documentary Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the outstanding documentaries of 1992. Broadcast: VISION TV, Women’s Television Network.

This project originated from a group of St. John’s women with disabilities, who held their meetings in the National Film Board’s accessible offices in Pleasantville. Not finding any films on sexuality and disability, they thought it would be a good idea to make one. I was brought on to the project mainly because I was the only woman around with a documentary film background. Eventually finding a home with Studio D, the film was shot in Newfoundland in the fall of 1990, and following the birth of my second child in January 1991, filming continued in Winnipeg and Victoria, BC in the summer.

This film was a wonderful project to work on. Plus, when it was finished, I got to travel, presenting it in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, France, and twice in Los Angeles. I really don’t know how I managed, with two small children. I almost didn’t get to France, as both kids had chicken pox just before I was due to leave.