ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival:  March 2-8, 2017 

 

Visit ny.reelabilities.org for festival details.

ReelAbilities is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Award-winning films are presented in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ReelAbilities is made possible by support from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, the Saul Schottenstein Foundation, F.Y. Eye, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Fund of UJA Federation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


ReelAbilities Festival FlexPass
  • $40 for Everyone

 

Get five (5) general admission tickets to films screening at JCC Manhattan as part of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, excluding special events & programs. See a full list of films at ny.reelabilities.org/films-and-events

*Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets in advance, as screenings do sell out. The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708.

* Special events include: Opening Night Gala: Sanctuary, Shabbat Film, Dinner + Conversation, and Closing Night: How Sweeet the Sound

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Swim Team
  • Mon, Mar 06 - Mon, Mar 06
  • 6:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Lara Stolman
100 min, USA, Documentary

What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one boy with autism take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend disability, this triumphant film profiles this team, the Jersey Hammerheads. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie, Kelvin, and others gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

The View From Tall at JCC Harlem
  • Mon, Mar 06 - Mon, Mar 06
  • 7:00 pm
  • $9 for Everyone

 

Please note: This screening will take place JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St., New York, NY 10026. Please call 212.865.1215 for assistance.

THE VIEW FROM TALL
Dir. Erica Weiss
87 min, USA, Narrative
NY Premiere

Precocious, isolated, and relentlessly bullied by her classmates about her height, Chicagoland high school senior Justine reluctantly begins therapy in the aftermath of a messy public affair with her English teacher. After a rocky first few sessions, she forms an unlikely bond with Douglas, her therapist, who is in a wheelchair and nurses demons of his own. Told with a sardonic wit, The View from Tall is a tender story of self-discovery at more than one age.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Nise: The Heart of Madness
  • Mon, Mar 06 - Mon, Mar 06
  • 8:30 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Roberto Berliner
108 min, Brazil, Narrative
NY PREMIERE

After leaving prison, Dr. Nise da Silveira returns to work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock therapy used to treat individuals with schizophrenia. Ridiculed by doctors, she takes up work in the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she initiates a revolution, using art therapy, pets, and love to treat her patients. Nise is based on the true story of an indomitable woman who confronted Brazil's mental health establishment.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

My Feral Heart
  • Tue, Mar 07 - Tue, Mar 07
  • 6:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Jane Gull
83 min, UK, Narrative
NYC PREMIERE

A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down syndrome, into a group home--a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caretaker and a local heir dealing with his own demons. As friendships bloom, Luke'€™s frustration and disappointment with his new home soon turns to wonder when he discovers a way out and begins to explore the surrounding countryside. But as long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke treads dangerously close to disaster. My Feral Heart is a beautifully realized narrative, bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography,and a deeply evocative score.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Reel Diversity: Industry Event + The View From Tall
  • Tue, Mar 07 - Tue, Mar 07
  • 7:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Join award-winning filmmakers and actors at this special industry event, exploring and celebrating diversity on screen. Event will begin with a cocktail reception and will feature the NY Premiere of The View from Tall.

Presented in partnership with SAG-AFTRA

THE VIEW FROM TALL
Dir. Erica Weiss
87 min, USA, Narrative
NY Premiere

Precocious, isolated, and relentlessly bullied by her classmates about her height, Chicagoland high school senior Justine reluctantly begins therapy in the aftermath of a messy public affair with her English teacher. After a rocky first few sessions, she forms an unlikely bond with Douglas, her therapist, who is in a wheelchair and nurses demons of his own. Told with a sardonic wit, The View from Tall is a tender story of self-discovery at more than one age.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Sanctuary at JCC Harlem
  • Tue, Mar 07 - Tue, Mar 07
  • 7:00 pm
  • $9 for Everyone

 

Please note: This screening will take place JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St., New York, NY 10026. Please call 212.865.1215 for assistance.

Dir. Len Collin
85 min, Ireland, Narrative
NY Premiere

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe their feckless caretaker to book them a hotel for an afternoon. But Larry and Sophie aren't any couple--they both have intellectual disabilities, and by attempting to be intimate, they're breaking the law in Ireland. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eyes of their caretakers and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

All screenings followed by conversation. For complete lineup and more information, visit ny.reelabilities.org.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full schedule and ticket information.

 

Closing Night: How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Wed, Mar 08 - Wed, Mar 08
  • 7:00 pm
  • $18 for Everyone

 

Join us for Closing Night of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, featuring a screening of How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama. Followed by Q&A with filmmakers and The Blind Boys of Alabama quartet, as well as closing night dessert reception.

HOW SWEET THE SOUND: THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Dir. Leslie McCleave
89 min, USA, Documentary

Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama has an amazing career—since meeting at a state-run, segregated vocational institute for the blind in the 1930s, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock &€™ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit Gospel at Colonus. Now, as the group enters its seventh decade, they are as artistically vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, and others. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, remarkable view of life on the road and in the studio with a group of renowned performers.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

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