• Erin Bomboy

IMPRESSIONS: “Crutch,” a Documentary about Bill Shannon by Sachi Cunningham and Chandler Evans

The first half of Crutch — co-director/producers Sachi Cunningham and Chandler Evans’ documentary about the multi-disciplinary artist Bill Shannon — unfolds exactly as you expect. Talking heads of Shannon’s friends, family, colleagues, academics, and himself are spliced among old photographs, home videos, archival recordings, and clips of him teaching at a camp for children with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. The peaks and valleys of his life come into vivid relief, evoking a fierce, visceral response. Then, the film swerves. As it catalogs Shannon’s performances as a street artist, you realize that Crutch may be about him, but it’s also about us. Beneath its surface lays a strong critique of you, me, and all the ways we interact with individuals who have disabilities. 


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Photo courtesy Crutch