In May 2006, Benjamin Snow, 19, was one of more than 300 video producers who entered a contest to “Film Your Issue” in 30-60 seconds. The results were posted online where thousands of viewing voters selected Snow’s short video called “Thumbs Down to Pity” as one of the 35 best. A professional media jury then selected his creative entry as one of five winners. Snow and his parents joined the other winners at the United Nations on June 19, 2006 for an awards ceremony. “Thumbs Down to Pity” drew attention as an acerbic and humorous request to Hollywood media-makers to excise this emotion from their disability treatments.
Since the "Film Your Issue' (FYI) competition, the American Labor Department and ten universities have requested copies of the film to use for training and teaching purposes. "I've gotten over 100 orders for copies of my film." Snow has also been invited to speak at a number of forums in 2006 and well into 2007.
You can watch the video, order a copy, and read the transcript (the video is not captioned) at Benjamin's website - http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/ThDnPity.htm. For details on the FYI competition, visit www.filmyourissue.com.
Based on an article appearing in Disability World Webzine - www.disabilityworld.org/01_07/video.shtml
Bio: Born in 1986, Benjamin Snow is considered a renaissance man of disability awareness-building in the USA. Benjamin has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair. His film Thumbs Down to Pity has won national prizes and international film festival awards.