A New Kind of Listening (2009)

  • Director/Producer: Kenny Dalsheimer
  • Co-producer: Polly Medlicott
Film Length:
60 minutes
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A New Kind of Listening follows Chris Mueller-Medlicott, a young man with cerebral palsy who was mislabeled profoundly mentally disabled because he could not speak. Chris breaks through into stunning self-expression in this moving and inspiring film. The hour-long documentary, by Durham filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer, takes viewers inside the creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group, the cast of which is made up of members with and without disabilities, as they create and perform an original stage piece. Together they prove that a small community arts project has the power to transform lives. A New Kind of Listening weaves together deep feelings, playfulness, vulnerability, and unexpected loss in a joyful, painful celebration of our connection to each other. The result is a groundbreaking film with the power to change beliefs about intelligence, disability and what it takes to be heard. test

The Film Campaign

Join the inclusive arts campaign! Our purpose in sharing the film is to encourage arts inclusion initiatives in places far and wide. A New Kind of Listening shows how diverse members of a community can support each other to express their unique perspectives and move beyond conventional definitions of human communication. The film demonstrates that with no funding or high-tech equipment, creative expression through the arts can transform separate, unconnected individuals into a close-knit group of friends. Host a screening of A New Kind of Listening to bring attention to opportunities for arts experiences that are welcoming to all members of your community.

Issue: Ability & Inclusion


  • Alliance of Disability Advocates - Triangle Access Award 2009
  • Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival - Humanitarian Award 2011
  • TASH - Positive Images in the Media 2010

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Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Asheville Ability Arts Fair Mar 22, 2013 Asheville NC United States Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies Complete
Inclusive Community Theater Feb 25, 2013 Asheville NC United States Firestorm Cafe and Books Complete
A New Kind of Listening Nov 13, 2010 Wilmington NC United States 310 Chestnut St. Complete
A New Kind of Listening Oct 28, 2010 Asheville NC United States 1 University Heights, CPO 1200 Complete
A New Kind of Listening Oct 04, 2010 Peterborough NH United States 6 School St. Complete
Test Event Name Aug 08, 2010 Raleigh NC United States 11 West Jones St. Complete

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