I Didn’t See You There

By C.J. Hirschfield (Updated October 27, 2022) A monument to circus showman P.T. Barnum stands in Reid Davenport’s hometown of Bethel, Connecticut. “He got a pedestal,” says the director of I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE, the new documentary that premiered at the 65th SFFILM Festival, while the disabled filmmaker’s perspective is from the sidewalk. The […]

SIGN THE SHOW: A Benefit, Not a Burden

By C.J. Hirschfield October 22, 2022 I can’t imagine being denied access to movies, plays, comedy shows, or concerts; you probably can’t either. And yet that’s how it is for 40+ million Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) Americans, whose attempts to get venues and artists to understand their need for consistent, high-quality professional and […]


By C.J. Hirschfield October 21, 2022 In the Jewish religion, “LeChaim!” means “to life,” and is the traditional toast. In 2019, 92-year old Eli Timoner chose death instead, and his journey is recorded in the insightful and moving new documentary, Last Flight Home.

TOWN DESTROYER: When Art Offends

By C.J. Hirschfield October 8, 2022 For a documentary to even-handedly and adroitly cover a complex, painful and controversial subject in just 52 minutes requires not only talent, but a clarity of vision, and cinematic compassion. Award-winning Bay Area filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman have accomplished just that in their timely Town Destroyer, with […]