In this interview, EoM contributor Thomas Manning speaks with Regan Linton and Brian Malone, co-directors of the new documentary imperfect, which premieres at the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival. During their conversation, Linton and Malone speak of the importance of representation for the Disability Community in the arts, the power of empathy to be found in acting, and the vulnerability of crafting such an intimate and personal documentary.
imperfect is a story of artists…who live and perform with the uniqueness of disability, and therefore have historically been denied their place in the spotlight.
The documentary chronicles a unique company of actors who have all nature of disabilities – from spinal cord injury to Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy to autism – as they attempt an unprecedented version of Kander, Ebb, and Fosse’s beloved musical Chicago. Capturing the raw, honest stories of the actors inside the production process and outside the theatre in their everyday lives, imperfect reveals a rare behind-the-scenes look at talented artists who push to succeed as professional performers, no matter the obstacles.
imperfect crushes stale notions of disability and affirms the human condition…in all its uniqueness.
Premiering during the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival.
For more information, head to the official imperfect website.
Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program “Meet Me at the Movies.” He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. He is currently studying film, television, and English at Gardner-Webb University.