Screening: “Shoulder The Lion”

Screening: “Shoulder The Lion” Screening: “Shoulder The Lion”


Each of the three characters—a musician, a photographer and a painter—has a form of disability that has affected the very essence of their profession and vocation.

Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz’s film is a fine example of an independent documentary addressing a delicate aspect of disability—self-awareness and opportunities for self-expression.

Enter the worlds of three artists ​who have lost the very sense defining their art. A photographer who is blind questions the power of images in today's visually saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his advancing hearing loss, a musician must reinvent his future. A painter who lost half her brain in a boxing match searches for her place in life unsure of what she should be to the world. The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in times of uncertainty, and uses unique form to produce the answers.

After the screening, visitors are invited to take part in a Q&A session with one of the main characters Katie Dallam and director of the film, Erinnisse Rebisz.

“Shoulder The Lion”
Dir. Erinnisse Rebisz and Patryk Rebisz, 74 minutes, USA, Poland, 2015


Erinnisse Rebisz is a seasoned editor for television and film, born and based in NYC. Her credits include numerous unscripted TV shows and documentaries such as What Not To Wear, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Toy Hunter,  and Jersey Couture. Madonna of the Mills, a feature-length documentary she edited premiered on HBO in 2011 and was nominated for a Genesis Award for Best Television Documentary. Shoulder The Lion is her debut feature as a director.

Katie Dallam is a painter/sculptor who’s lost half her brain in a boxing match and with that her self-censorship as an artist. The film Million Dollar Baby is inspired by her story.

Katie’s first pro-boxing match was her last. After 140 punches to the head she was taken to the hospital unconscious. After a week in intensive care she was admitted to a rehabilitation center. She was stripped of her memory and ability to care for herself. Art became Katie’s language and gave her a reason to live. Although her injury destroyed everything she had spent her life working for, Katie came to recognize that her injury had also benefitted her. One of the most devastating residual disabilities from her injuries was also one of its greatest gifts—she no longer had the ability to plan too far ahead or to censor her emotions. Katie says that when she is working on her art, she reaches a place where she feels whole, where she can still be a person with a place in this world.


Free admission with advance registration
The film will be screened in English with Russian subtitles