QTDD Video Project

"...a necessary counterpoint to the clichés and condescension
disabled people at times experience... This collection of shorts is thus
antidote and celebration in one, staying away from inspiration-pornography
and stereotypes while fostering a diverse selection of homegrown talent."
– The Skinny, Edinburgh/Glasgow

Project Overview

In January 2013, Sandra Alland received an arts commission to mentor six new queer & trans* Deaf & disabled filmmakers, and begin work on a series of documentary shorts on queer & trans* Deaf & disabled artists in Scotland. Seven of the films premiered at the macrobert in Stirling in February, and have since screened at media education in Edinburgh; CCA in Glasgow; Fringe! Festival, centred, Trans*tastic and Transpose in London; and TSCD in Berlin.

Sandra's series of short documentaries, I'm Not Your Inspiration, so far includes shorts about Nathan Gale, Alison Smith and Maki Yamazaki. Upcoming features include Liz Cronin. Please consider donating (click on the Donate button at the top) to help support the creation of more films about queer and trans* Deaf and disabled artists in Scotland. We're currently working without a budget, and could really use some support to keep the project going.

The shorts from the QTDD Video Mentorship were completed in February 2013, and include films by Charles Coventry, Alison Smith, Sophie Norman, Robert Malone, Alexander Herbert and Luke Murphy. Funded by LGBT History Month Scotland and Creative Scotland. With special thanks to Ania Urbanowska and Evi Tsiligaridou.

Upcoming screenings:

I'm Not Your Inspiration I & II (Nathan Gale & Alison Smith), will screen at OutsiderFest in Austin Texas with SINS INVALID 20 February at 5pm. More info here.

I'm Not Your Inspiration III (Maki Yamazaki), will screen at GLITCH at CCA in Glasgow, Saturday 21 March, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm. More info here.


Contact sandraATblissfultimes.ca for more information or to book screenings.