Mark: A Call to Action

Imagine a world with complete accessibility.

“Mark – A Call to Action” is the story of Dr. Mark Bookman, a severely disabled Pennsylvania-born American who later resided in Tokyo full-time, becoming one of Japan’s leading experts on accessibility, and a policy consultant to governments and major corporations around the world. His tireless efforts helped raise awareness and positively impacted the lives of not only disabled persons, but also children, seniors and vulnerable populations in the United States, Japan and many other nations.

As we learn the remarkable story of Bookman’s life and work as a disability activist, a broader picture emerges of the profound ways these issues touch all of our lives.” – Jacob Mazer, Director of Programs and Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

While the film tells the story, the biography of Dr. Mark Bookman (born and raised in Bryn Mawr, PA), it is more importantly a deep look into the development of global accessibility. According to the World Health Organization (2023) 16% of the world’s population is designated as disabled. That’s 1.3 billion people from every country, every race and every religion.

“He [Mark] uplifted the voices of persons with disabilities and showcased to the world that our voices are not just needing to be taken care of but our voices need to be heard, valued and brought forward.” Sara Minkara, US State Department Special Advisor

“Successfully portrays the personal, political and social impact of the development of global accessibility” —Nagase Osamu, Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

Mark: A Call to Action premiered in Tokyo in February 2024 followed by it’s U.S. premier in June 2024 to sold out audiences at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

With much sadness, Mark passed away following the completion of principal photography of the film but his legacy and impact will live on for many years to come.

“Like the talented activist he was, Bookman had a way of making his point clearly and forcefully.” – Dr. David McNeill, Professor, University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo.

Those interviewed and featured in the film include:

  • Mark Bookman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo College
  • Paul Bookman, DMD, Founder, Bryn Mawr Dental Associates, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (Mark’s Father)
  • Rachel Bookman, Biologist and Researcher (Mark’s sister)
  • Victor Dover, FAICP, Dover, Kohl & Partners, Noted expert on City Planning, Neighborhood and Street Design, Miami, Florida
  • Josh Grisdale, Founder, Accessible-Japan.com, Tokyo, Japan
  • Gregory Hannah, Director of Disability Service, Villanova University
  • Ryo Hatakeyama, Professional Caregiver, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yoshihiko Kawauchi, PhD, Architect, Engineer and Author, International Expert on Universal Design, Tokyo, Japan
  • Masako Okuhira, Global Disability Advocate, Tokyo, Japan
  • Nagase Osamu, Professor. Ritsumeikan University, and Author, Kyoto, Japan, Global Advocate – Rights of People with Disabilities
  • Ayako Kano, PhD, Professor, Japanese Literature, Performance and Gender Studies
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Steven Wright, International Disability Advocate, Consultant and Author, Miami, Florida
  • Richard Donner, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist (Retired), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Ginsberg, Educator, Black Rock Middle School, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • Frank Mondelli, PhD, Assistant Professor – Japanese Studies, University of Delaware
  • Newark, Delaware
  • Sara Minkara, Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, US State Department
  • Karen Nakamura, Professor of Anthropology, Director, UC Berkeley Disability Lab
  • University of California at Berkeley,
  • Fangdan Li, Mark’s Fiancée
  • Carolyn Stevens, PhD, Professor of Japanese Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Hindley Williams, Program Analyst, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Wasna Dabbagh, DMD, Orthodontist, (Mark’s Stepmother)

Produced by GLIDE Fund (The Mark Bookman Foundation), a 501 (C) (3) organization, and Directed by Emmy Award Winning Director Ron Small (I Danced for the Angel of Death), GLIDE Fund has an important socially relevant mission: GLIDE stands for ‘Global Leaders in International Disability Education’. The organization was established to provide financial assistance to disabled college students interested in education exchange experiences to foster an inclusive society in which anyone can lead an independent and self-determined life. All contributions to the Fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law in each state. The organization’s goal is to carry on the legacy of Dr. Mark Bookman and spark dialogue surrounding the ways architects, engineers, educators, policy makers and other interested parties can help improve access to built environments, and through the GLIDE Fund, a network of disabled University students will receive grants to travel globally to learn, train, and be motivated to share ideas and bring about greater change and awareness in the community throughout the world.

The DVD version of the film features extensive and important bonus material.

Documentary / 2024 / 85 minutes / Color / English Language / A film by Emmy Award winning director Ron Small (I Danced for the Angel of Death, Circle Unbroken, From the Holocaust to Hollywood).

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At the world premiere in Japan, an emissary from the U.S. State Department provided an introduction to the film which now also serves as the film’s opening. Please watch it as it provides great perspective:

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Final Fight

DON’T WE NEED TO HEAL OUR WARRIORS?

PTSD and Suicide in the military have reached crisis levels. 11 out of 20 veterans of the global war on terrorism have PTSD.

WINNER: Best in Show at the 2024 Impact Doc Awards

WINNER: Best Documentary Feature, GI Film Festival 2024

Winner of the New York Women in Film and Television Award for Excellence in Documentary Directing.

WINNER: Best Documentary Feature: GI Film Festival, San Diego.

Nominated for Best Documentary Showcase at the Soho International Film Festival 2023.

Final Fight goes deeper than any documentary to date in revealing the root causes of this tragic epidemic by profiling a diverse group of veterans struggling with either combat or sexual assault-related Post Traumatic Stress, a major cause of suicide.

As the devastating war in Afghanistan and Iraq continued on, U.S. military brass who struggled to fight the longest-running war in United States history, largely ignored not only the connection between traumatic brain injuries and suicide but also uncontrolled sexual assault among the rank and file. Leading experts in the field of PTS therapy and brain science offer hope and answers to the struggling veterans profiled in the series but also to the family and friends who love them.

Produced in 2023, director Frances Causey wrote “While I was researching Final Fight, it became painstakingly clear that the US Military had few – if any – answers to the ongoing, historic epidemic of PTSD-related suicide among its veterans. THIS FILM IS THAT ANSWER.”

Largely unknown to most Americans, over the last 20 years, the United States has lost almost five times as many active service members and veterans to suicide than were lost in theentirety of the Global War on Terrorism combat operations.

A perfectly balanced expose that combines compassion, understanding, and a compelling call to action while celebrating the resilience and humanity of its subjects. Tightly crafted, emotionally moving and exceptional in every way.” – Impact Docs

“An incredibly powerful documentary, and an extremely necessary one. Recommended.” – S. Lyons, The Sound View.

Final Fight offers insight into the issue, but more importantly points to a path of forward hope.

2023 / Documentary / 90 minutes / English / A film by Frances Causey

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FINAL FIGHT DVD

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Scarf Face

America is fascinated with its relationship to food. From Pizza to Bagels to yes… Hotdogs. But food as a sport? Yes… that too! And, it all started in Brooklyn in 1972 at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.

SCARF FACE (originally titled ScarfFace) explores the world of competitive eating and the untold story behind the epic rivalry between America’s Joey Chestnut and Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi.

Organized for decades by George Shea’s Major League Eating Corporation, the annual Nathan’s hot dog eating contest at Coney Island has become the preeminent event for eaters worldwide – the start of their “fiscal eating” year – but not without its share of disturbing controversy, politics and perilous dangers to the human body.

The film follows various eaters at different career-levels over the course of 6 years – including Miki Sudo, Molly Schuyler, and Juan Morebite. Of equal importance, they discuss the sport, their lives, traditions, superstitions and overall health concerns, explaining how they ended up as contenders in this bizarre subculture.

Trivia:

  • Yes… it’s true… Joey Chestnut broke his own world record, eating 76 franks (in their buns) in just 10 minutes. It was his 14th victory, beating his previous of only 75 franks.
  • Major League Eating (MLE) — the organization that oversees professional eating contests — began paying cash prizes to top finishers in 2007. In 2021, the total prize money is $40,000: The men’s division winners get $20,000, and the women’s division winners get $20,000.

The DVD version features some relish (aka bonus material) including a Filmmaker Commentary along with Deleted Scenes

2021 / 77 minutes / color / English / A film by Joseph Ruzer and Sean Slater.

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DSL’s available now. DVD w/PPR shipping mid-May 2022.

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