|Amy Saffell (bottom right) armed with GoPro & crew|
People with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in the media, both on camera and in media jobs behind the scenes. In Nashville, through a partnership with the adaptive sports and independence nonprofit ABLE Youth (www.ableyouth.org) and Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television Network (NECAT) (www.necatnetwork.org), change is happening! NECAT, a public access television station, has so far trained about a half dozen of ABLE Youth's teenagers and the Executive Director to run everything in the studio, from cameras to floor directing to technical directing to audio to sets and lighting to being on camera and are now television producers with the public access station.
|In the control room.|
They have begun creating shows that air on NECAT and that can be picked up by other networks and entities across the globe under the name ABLE Youth Presents. While you'll likely see people with disabilities on camera in the series, there are a host of other people with disabilities behind the scenes making the show possible.
|Working the camera while Amy conducts an interview.|
Many of the ABLE Youth film crew's have been in the studio, but thanks to head-mounted GoPros, crew members who are wheelchair users can film outside of the studio and still have their hands free to move their chairs to capture action. Boundless 2018 was the crew's first project using the GoPros.
The first full episode's guest is Alicia Searcy, Executive Director of "Fashion Is For Every Body" and the founder of Boundless, an annual inclusive fashion show.
|Alicia Searcy's grand entrance at Boundless!|
|Models of all abilities hit the runway.|