RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020
Rachel Handler is an actor and filmmaker based in New York City. She won the AT&T Underrepresented Filmmaker Award for her short, Committed, and the Sundance Co//ab June Monthly Challenge for her script, The A Doesn’t Stand for Accessible. Since joining the disabled community, she has found a passion for writing, producing and directing; advocating for inclusion in every project she creates. Her writing/producing credits include the award-winning short films, The Housewarming, Committed, The Vanished, and Authentically Me, which won the ReelAbilities’ 27 Second Film Competition and screened in taxi cabs throughout New York City. Handler’s TV acting credits include Law & Order: SVU, Goliath, New Amsterdam, Bull and NCIS: New Orleans.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: Fox Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment