I Didn’t See You There

Dir. Reid Davenport, 2022, 77 min


The Picturehouse Fri, Mar 4 6:45 PM
Missouri Theatre Sat, Mar 5 9:30 AM
Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note Sun, Mar 6 5:30 PM
Film Info
Original Language:English


When a Big Top circus erects its tent outside filmmaker Reid Davenport’s Oakland apartment, it evokes a personal reflection on the history of the Freak Show and the role it plays in his own artistry and social (in)visibility. Davenport’s prior short films showcase stories of people with disabilities from their perspective, yet the looming tent makes him question if he’s inadvertently subjected himself to a modernized Freak Show. Determined not to be the subject of anyone’s gaze in his latest undertaking, Davenport remains out of frame by filming daily life from the perspective of his wheelchair. His striking documentary feature debut captures him navigating a city poorly designed for his needs while attempting to avoid stares, obstacles, and unsolicited help from strangers as he discusses America’s morbid obsession with othering the different. (RR)