I Didn’t See You There

First show: November 04

In a reflection of an unmarked storefront is a grayish silhouette of a man using an electric wheelchair. Behind the man is a spectacular red and yellow circus tent.

Director Reid Davenport & Producer Keith Wilson IN PERSON for Q&As after the following screenings: Friday, November 4 at 6:50p, moderated by Allen Johnson, SF Chronicle; Sunday, November 6 at 3:30p, moderated by Filmmaker Pete Nicks; and Monday, November 7 at 6:45p, moderated by Filmmaker Nico Opper. An ASL interpreter will be present to assist during live spoken programming.

As a visibly disabled person, filmmaker Reid Davenport sets out to make a film about how he sees the world, from either his wheelchair or his two feet, without having to be seen himself. The unexpected arrival of a circus tent outside his apartment in Oakland, CA leads him to consider the history and legacy of P.T. Barnum’s Freak Show and its lingering presence in his daily life in the form of gawking, lack of access, and other forms of ableism. 

Informed by his position in space, lower to the ground, Davenport captures indelible images, often abstracted into shapes and patterns separate from their meaning. But the circus tent looms in the background, and is reverberated by tangible on-screen interruptions, from unsolicited offers of help to careless blocking of ramps. Personal and unflinching, I Didn’t See You There forces the viewer to confront the spectacle and invisibility of disability. 

Offering both a perspective and stylistic approach that are rarely seen, Reid brings an urgently needed storytelling eye to filmmaking with a documentary that is powerful and emotional, thoughtful and raw, intimate and political.

Directed by Reid Davenport. Produced by Keith Wilson. Executive produced by Alysa Nahmias. Edited by Todd Chandler. 2022. 77 minutes. DCP.

I Didn’t See You There will be screened in open captions at all screenings except for Tuesday, November 8, and with open audio description on Wednesday, November 9. In addition, an ASL interpreter will be present to assist during live spoken programming. Wheelchair seating is available and accessible, and all-gender bathrooms are located nearby. Assistive listening and open captioning devices will be available at the Tuesday, November 8 screening. If you have questions, feedback, or special accessibility needs please email [email protected] or call the office 415 431 3611 during normal business hours M-F 10 – 6pm. Learn more about Accessibility at the Roxie here.


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