Experiencing Interruptions?

My Superpower

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Meet Liz Pritchard. When Liz was diagnosed with autism and mental health disabilities, she turned to creating comic books and painting as a way to express her feelings. Art became her superpower, taking Liz around the world and giving her the opportunity to help others in her community.

This is a 100% PWD production. In addition to her on-screen role, Liz did all of the editing and all art featured is her original art. She also co-directed/co-produced/co-wrote with Anna. Anna has Cerebral Palsy, which is the best-in-class of the palsies. Liz has autism, paranoid schizophrenia,

Social handles:
Twitter.com/Paperbag_comic, twitter.com/annatated
Facebook.com/paperbagcomic, facebook.com/annapakman
Instagram.com/liz_paperbag_comic, instagram.com/annatated

  • Anna Pakman
  • Liz Pritchard
  • Anna Pakman
  • Liz Pritchard
  • Anna Pakman
  • Liz Pritchard
  • Liz Pritchard
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 19, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Anna Pakman, Liz Pritchard

Anna Pakman is a New York City-based writer, producer, and director and an advocate for disability inclusion in the media. Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, Anna had a deep love for entertainment but was dismayed at the lack of people who looked like her represented on screen and stage. She is passionate about creating content that accurately and positively portrays the lived experience of people with disabilities. She currently serves on the leadership team of Lights! Camera! Access!, through which she helps facilitate workshops for and mentors young adults with disabilities interested in pursuing careers in disabilities. She also served on the selection jury for the Reelabilities Film Festival. Anna spent several years working in television at NBC Universal, Current TV, and Al Jazeera America before transitioning to her current role as head of digital marketing for New York State's economic development agency, where she oversees digital marketing and content strategy for the iconic I LOVE NY campaign and helped develop Governor Cuomo's accessible tourism initiative. Anna holds a BS from New York University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and, most importantly, a certificate in sketch writing from the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Liz Pritchard is an Artist, Autistic, Autism Advocate & Disability Rights Advocate, Author and Video Editor. Liz sees art as a healthy means of communication that can identify one’s emotions when words are too difficult. In the form of autobiographical comic books, Liz explores various psychological conditions, providing a visual representation of the feelings of individuals with mental illness. Her work comes from her desire to help erase the negative stigma that often surrounds these types of conditions. Doing so can enable those who share similar struggles to talk more about their feelings and get the help and support that they need. She is also an accomplished video editor, who has done work for A&E Networks, and most recently served as post-production supervisor for the ADA30 Lead On Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride, to be streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live. She is also an Art Instructor at Spectrum Creative Arts, an organization offering arts programming to individuals of all abilities. Liz is a native of Rochester, NY and a graduate of SUNY Brockport, where she studied Studio Art & Drawing.

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Director Statement

As women with disabilities who rarely get to see ourselves represented in front of or behind the camera, we wanted to show others that anything is possible with just a little creativity and a lot of drive. We created this film in just three days and with no budget. Living with disabilities means living with misconceptions, and we hope that telling Liz’s story helps those who are bullied and misunderstood find their own superpower, but also helps others better understand and remove some of the stigma and misconceptions around mental illness and autism. Also, we both just really like art.