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  • Closed Captions
  • ASL Interpretation

December 2, 2021

Crutch Panel Discussion

Hosted by Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

We are thrilled to announce an in-person event hosted at The Coppola Theater on SFSU's campus (ASL/CC provided). Join us in watching a dynamic film, followed by a discussion with the film's subject Bill Shannon, Krip Hop founder Leroy Moore, and the filmmakers, including SF State Journalism Professor Sachi Cunningham. We've missed gathering together and hope to see you there! 

Not ready to join us in person? We got you! You can screen the film on Discovery+ at your leisure and join us for the panel conversation on zoom at 7pm PT.

CRUTCH documents Bill's extraordinary journey: the history of his medical odyssey and his struggles with chronic pain, the evolution of his crutch dancing and skating, his rise to become a world-renowned performance artist, and his transformation from an angry skate punk to an international hero.

CRUTCH also dives into Bill's provocative street performances, in which he exposes the hidden world of assumptions 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 Bill's ability to create solutions and empowers others to navigate similar challenges.

From childhood "cripple" to international provocateur, CRUTCH is an emotional story of a one-of-a-kind artist's struggle to be understood.


ASL and closed captions provided.


Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

1600 Holloway Avenue, Humanities Building, Room 135, San Francisco, CA, 94132, USA

Phone number: (415) 405-3528

Email: pklinst@sfsu.edu