- Tiffany Rigby
Crutch an inspiration film that will be screened at Bentonville Film Festival
Crutch the documentary by Sachi Cunningham and Chandler Evans is screening at the
Bentonville Film Festival from August 2nd to August 8th. The film will be screening online first as
part of the festival's virtual options. Then an in-person showing of the film will be Thursday,
August 05, 2021 at the Walmart World Room.
The film follows the life of Bill Shannon, an internationally known artist, break dancer and skater
on crutches. The documentary shows the mission of Shannon as he uses his artistry to show
people with disabilities are more than the stigma around their disabilities. Crutch looks into
Shannon’s street performances as he exposes the prejudices disabled people encounter in
public on a daily basis.
Crutch is a global story that will have you re-evaluating your own perspectives. Two decades later and employing a tapestry of 8mm film from the 70’s, Hi-8 and VHS tapes
from the 80’s, mini-DV tapes from the 90’s, and HD footage from the 2000’s, Crutch documents
Shannon’s extraordinary life story, the history of Shannon’s medical odyssey, his struggles with
chronic pain, the evolution of his crutch dancing and skating, his rise to become a world-
renowned performance artist, and his transformation from an angry skater to an international