Although these questions have not yet been asked frequently, it seems smart to write answers for them.
Why is this focused only on visual impairment? Aren’t other impairments important?
There are many important issues and modes of living I could have focused on for this film, but I (Chris, the director) ended up picking one to keep the film simple. I believe that telling one story well can inspire an audience to develop empathy, and begin to explore the other stories that are not explicitly told. Access focuses on Cory Joseph’s daily experience with technology, which means exploring how technology interacts with visual impairment. Having said that, I would like to make followup films that focus on others’ daily experiences. (Please contact me if you’d like to sponsor or participate in this effort!)
Where can I get Cory’s watch?
The watch shown in the film is an Eone watch. Note: they did not sponsor or participate in the film.
Where can I get Cory’s Braille display?
The Braille display shown in the film is made by HumanWare. They’re spendy! Note: they did not sponsor or participate in the film.
What’s the music in the film?
The first and third songs are renditions of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No.1,” used under license from AudioBlocks. The second song is Josh Woodward’s “Already There” (the no-vocals version), used under license from Josh Woodward. The fourth song is Chris Remo’s “The House,” from the Gone Home Original Soundtrack, used under license from Chris Remo.
Can I use this film in my company/classroom/whatever?
Yes! You do not need any special permission or license to show Access for free in any context you might find useful. I just ask that you not charge money for it, keep the credits intact, and not broadcast or upload it without permission (some of the music may require different licensing for broadcast/upload). If you’d like to set up a screening with Chris or Cory, contact us. (Also, we’d be excited to hear about how you use the film!)
What is Lucid Meetings?
Lucid Meetings sponsored the film with a generous grant. They make online software for online collaboration (notably meetings), and it is highly accessible. I (Chris, the director) used to work for the company years ago, and recommend their software and consulting services. One of the founders of Lucid, Elise Keith, recently published Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization, a book that encompasses much of what the Lucid team has learned about human interaction over their years of working with organizations. You should read it!