Saturday, April 5, 2014

Filmmaker Cheryl Green - Shockumentary Review

Dear Fans, Friends, and Supporters. All your wonderful comments and reviews are received with love and gratitude.  We are exceptionally pleased to share the following outstanding review of Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY by Filmmaker, Cheryl Green.
Cheryl Green 
Co-Director, Co-Producer of
 “Who Am I To Stop It”

A documentary film is a gift to the viewers. You get to sit back and relax while the subject of the film bears all. That said, rarely do you find one so rousing, engaging, and so bearing-it-all with such great spirits as "Plain Jane: The Shockumentary."
Jane Hash has done an incredible service to the disability community by making and starring in a documentary that shows her just as she is: a complete, complex, well-rounded, sexy, sexual person with a full life and a disability. 
This film blatantly rejects the dehumanizing tropes so often saved up for disability documentaries: disabled person as pitiful help object, as subject of ceaseless inspiration, or as hero at overcoming personal obstacles. You see each one of those limiting stereotypes torn to bits in this film, though she is never heavy-handed. She accomplishes this by letting you observe her day-to-day world and by explaining when explanation is needed. For instance, how many people who criticize Social Security benefits recipients for not working know about financial injustices such as this scourge: go to work and earn a living, or keep your health insurance, which would allow you to keep on living.

Don't let that last sentence turn you off from jumping in, though, because you will be roaring with laughter and delight throughout the movie. Whether she perches serenely upon a rock in the middle of a rushing river, rides her power wheelchair like a chariot, complete with goat-costumed men with harnesses, or yells in frantic rage from the backseat of her car that she should be the one driving (she is 2 foot 7), the movie is nothing if not an absolute blast. 
"Plain Jane" is groundbreaking, bringing together so many pieces of the disability experience that are typically silenced, such as sexuality, self-advocacy, abuse and injustice, and humor. I have the DVD, which I am promptly sending to a friend to watch. So I'm counting the seconds until this movie is available streaming. Because it simply must be watched and discussed sooner than we can get DVDs around in the mail.
- Cheryl Green 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shockumentary Gains Fans In Australia

Northcott, in Australia, is an organization committed to facilitating people with disabilities in living the lives they choose to live by providing needed support. A shockumentary fan in Australia contacted the library at Northcott and told them they needed to add Plain Jane The Shockumentary to their list of resources...and they did! The following is their very kind review.

Plain Jane: The Shockumentary – Review from Northcott in Australia 
Should work be allowed to be this much fun? This is the question I asked myself while viewing The Shockumentary in preparation to adding the DVD to Northcott’s catalogue. I truly belly laughed out loud and wondered if those within earshot wondered what was happening in the library.

Jane Hash generously shares her whole life with her viewers in this autobiographical documentary. Her condition, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, is a genetic brittle bone disorder. Jane exudes confidence, independence and an energy for life. The documentary uses a range of devices to share Jane’s story. Re-enactments, graphics, stills from the past and video footage combine to tell this sassy lady’s life story. The frankness that Jane exhibits with her sexuality and in relating her past alcohol dependence means that her viewers should be prepared to be confronted but not nervous. Pussy shaving is one topic given full coverage. Honesty is a trait to be appreciated and respected. All people interviewing for home health aides should take a leaf from Jane’s methods in order to find the right person for their needs.

So much of this film is sheer entertainment. The fire scenes along with the drums are magic. The scenes of the destruction of the computer are high comedy and few of us have not wanted to take the same revenge. Jane has no need for political correctness. She wants questioners to be respectful. “Say it nice,” is her message. 
Where will this DVD find its place in the Northcott collection? It will encourage borrowers to choose to live lives that highlight their personal strengths, to seek adventure, to find enjoyable activities and to know when to find ways around what others may see as limitations. Northcott staff will benefit from using Jane’s story to appreciate the breadth of a life well lived thus far. There is undoubtedly much more to follow. 
The assistance of our first borrower in writing this review is appreciated. She enjoyed Plain Jane: The Shockumentary as much as I did.
Judi Lipp
Northcott Librarian 



In general, at this time, Plain Jane The Shockumentary is only available in the US and Canada.  However, in the very near future it will be streaming online.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tiffiny Carlson writes epic review on her New Mobility Magazine blog


More excellent press has been launched into the cybersphere and beyond for Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY

Our friend, fan, and steadfast supporter, Tiffiny Carlson of New Mobility Magazine wrote us an amazing review.  Thank you Tiffiny!  Check out her work and see what she has to say about our entertaining documentary here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Interview with Simon Husted from The News Herald

Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a Reporter from my hometown newspaper.  Simon Husted from The News Herald did an excellent job of revealing enough juicy details about Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY to spark the interest of many yet, not enough to spoil the most shocking surprises! You can read all about it, right here.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Making Headlines In Ontario


After Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY was featured in the ReFrame International Film Festival in Peterborough, Ontario, we were approached by Arthur - The Peterborough and Trent University Independent Press for an interview.  They did a fantastic job!  You can see for yourself by clicking right here!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fredrick Brennan - Video Contest Winner

Congratulations to Fredrick Brennan, who won the Plain Jane Video Contest! If his name sounds familiar, it may be because there was a story about him recently in the New York Times. First he was mugged. Then he was treated poorly by the police who were working on his case. 

Fortunately, Brennan got his money back that was stolen AND now that he's won a free copy of Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY, he can look at my boobs anytime he wants to! Congrats and enjoy the movie!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Video Contest

Who wants to win a free copy of Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY?  

If you raised your hand or squealed like a little girl, read on for details!

From January 15th-22nd, we will be accepting video submissions for the “Plain Jane Video Contest.”  

The lucky winner will be announced on January 24th, which is the same day Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY will be featured in a film festival in Ontario.

The rules are as follows…
  • Submit a video in a .mov format, illustrating why you deserve a free copy of Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY.
  • Running time must be 1 minute or less.
  • Keep it PG-13 because the winning video will be featured on the Plain Jane The SHOCKUMENTARY website.  (Sending me photos/videos of your penis will not work in your favor.)
  • Be creative and have fun with it.
  • Provide proof that you are over the age of 18.  A copy of your ID would suffice.
  • Send all submissions to: plainjanetheshockumentary@gmail.com and put “Video Contest” as the subject.  You may be directed to use Google Drive.