CLOSING NIGHT FILM & RECEPTION

Join us as the festival comes to a close with closing remarks by Advocate and Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte and Commissioner Victor Calise of the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, followed by the NYC premiere of the multi-award-winning The Special Need, followed by a conversation with protagonist Enea Gabino and producer Erica Barbiano, and closing night wine reception.

Stay for the special ReelAbilities Comedy Night !

SAVE $8 - Click here for Closing NIght film + Comedy Night ticket package.

(IN)VISIBLE

Join Michigan’s Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein in conversation with Jason Harris, founder of Jason’s Connections, who will share their experiences, views, and message on life with a disability - the visible and the hidden.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION FOR FILM: PRESENTATION + CONVERSATION

Using film excerpts and conversation, ReelAbilities’ talented and dedicated audio describers David Linton, Erin DeWard and Michele Spitz will demonstrate how an audio description track is created for a film and the decisions that the describers need to make.

DCTV FILMMAKING WORKSHOP WITH FILMMAKERS WITH DISABILITIES

Founded in 1972, DCTV provides affordable filmmaking workshops, equipment rentals, post-production facilities, screenings, and a renowned youth program.
In 2014, DCTV inaugurated the Media Enabled Musketeers program for individuals with disabilities and filmmakers interested in disability issues.
Join us for screenings of the Media Enabled Musketeers films and a speed filmmaking workshop for beginners.

Advance registration recommended.

EXHIBIT-GROWING INCLUSIVELY: THE JACK + SHIRLEY SILVER CENTER FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs builds and nurtures an inclusive and accepting community where individuals with varying special needs and their families can
participate and succeed in innovative social, recreational, and educational activities.
This multimedia exhibit explores the stories and celebrates the diversity of our community as we work to meet the changing needs of individuals with disabilities in the 21st century.

On View March 6–April 13

EXHIBIT: JUDITH SCOTT—BOUND AND UNBOUND

Born with Down syndrome and unable to speak or hear, Judith Scott (1943-2005) lived in isolation for many years, before being introduced to Creative Growth. Through this visionary art center in Oakland, California, Scott spent the last eighteen years of her life creating extraordinary and idiosyncratic objects, working methodically on each piece over a period of weeks or months. Scott’s work is renowned for its intuition and originality, and celebrated for its lack of apparent precedent.

Accessibility tours can be scheduled on a by-request basis by emailing access@brooklynmuseum.org.

On view through March 29th.

JERRY MCGILL – AUTHOR TALK

Jerry McGill was thirteen years old, walking home through the LES projects, when a stranger shot him in the back. Jerry survived and became a quadriplegic. The man who shot him was never caught. Thirty years later, Jerry addresses him in a memoir and with grace, honesty, and humor, takes us on a dramatic and inspiring journey—from the streets of 1980s New York, to the challenges of living with a disability, to the long, difficult road to acceptance, forgiveness and, ultimately, triumph.

MUSIC FOR AUTISM

An interactive “autism friendly” concert featuring a performance by Percussia, featuring harp, percussion, flute, and viola. Join us for this enriching and inclusive
program and experience the joy and power of music as a family.
Open to individuals with autism and their families. Advanced registration required.

REELABILITIES COMEDY NIGHT

Don’t miss this special evening featuring a remarkable slate of comedians and performers, including Anita Hollander, Mary Archbold, Pat Shay, Shannon DeVido and David Harell, celebrating diversity and creativity with laughter and humor.  Wine served.

In memory of Stella Young.

Arrive early for our Closing Night Event!

SAVE $8 - Closing Night Film + Comedy Night for only $25! Click here to purchase.

REELABILITIES ENCORE AT PACE UNIVERSITY

Didn’t get to watch all the great films at ReelAbilities? You have one more chance to catch some at Pace University!

Monday March 23
10 AM   Reel Encounters - The Kiss, Rolling Romance, Super, The Gift
12 PM   Marie’s Story

Tuesday March 24
10 AM   Reel Encounters - Coaching Colburn, Hear This!, Midfield
12 PM   Endless Abilities

Wednesday March 25
10 AM   Reel Encounters - The Kiss, Guest Room
12 PM   No Ordinary Hero - The SuperDeafy Movie
  6 PM     Reel Encounters - Midfield, Hear This, The Gift

For further information, call: 212-346-1013

REELABILITIES RED CARPET OPENING NIGHT

Join us in celebrating the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival on a National Historic Landmark – the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Opening night will feature the New York premiere of The Finishers, starring acclaimed French actor Jacques Gamblin as Paul, the father of a young man with Cerebral Palsy who embarks with his son on a journey to compete in a triathlon.
The evening will also feature a special live performance by Visionary Media artist, Blessing Offor, a contestant of The Voice.
The evening will be concluded with a conversation with the filmmakers and an open-bar after party.

SHABBAT DINNER, MOVIES & CONVERSATION: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE ADA

Join ReelAbilities for a Friday Night Dinner, marking the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, featuring a viewing of On Beauty, The Astronaut’s Secret and Riding My Way Back, accompanied by a riveting conversation with filmmakers and special guests, including historian Warren Shaw, Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, renowned photographer Rick Guidotti, and many more. Moderated by Lawrence Carter Long.
Advanced registration required.

Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at ReelAbilities!

Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience is an oral history project that works to both preserve and document a thematic history through personal recollections.
The 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is delighted to invite members of our community to be part of this project and have their stories recorded during the festival, at its main venue, JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Ave @ 76th St).

This project will collect stories of people who have lived (or currently live) with a disability. Interviews will be shared in a preservation archive and on the New York Public Library website, as well as on ReelAbilities platforms.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP & TELL YOUR STORY! (available dates listed on the linked page)

New York
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