Red Carpet Preview Event - The Current

The JCC in Manhattan, ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs, and EPIX invite you to:
of an EPIX original documentary

Directed by Kurt Miller
The Current tells the story of six athletes, soldiers, and individuals with great willpower who, through water sports, ultimately discover freedom of movement.
This special preview screening supports The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs and the ReelAbilities Film Festival

The film will be followed by a conversation with:
Surfer, Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer)
Espy Award-winning swimmer, Mallory Weggemann

View a trailer of The Current here


_Opening Night: Little World at The JCC in Manhattan

Followed by a reception.

NY PREMIERE l Marcel Barrena / Catalonia, Spain / Catalan / 83 min

Albert’s exhilaration with life is contagious. At 20-years old he has already traveled much of the world with just 20 euros in his pocket, relying on his street smarts and the kindness of strangers to get around. Albert just won’t let anything get in his way, least of all his wheelchair. As he sets out on his biggest trip – from his home in Barcelona to a lighthouse in New Zealand – he bring along a video camera and his girlfriend, Anna. But Albert’s incredible dedication to his voyage and resourcefulness in the most foreign of places is unmatchable and Anna finds herself struggling to keep up. But while Albert himself is irrepressibly optimistic, speaking mostly of the present and his goals for the future, interviews with his grandmother, stepmother, and father, reveal the tough time he had as a kid. Also, through these interviews and delightful animation, Albert’s family explains why they have always let Albert go on these trying journeys.

IDFA - Doc U & 3r Audience Awards
Zagreb International Fest - Youth Award
Boulder International Film Festival - Best Documentary

Closing Night: Run & Jump

Steph Green / USA/Ireland / English / 105 min
When Conor comes home after suffering a stroke, he is profoundly changed. Ted, an American doctor (Will Forte, of SNL and Nebraska, in his first dramatic role), moves in with Conor’s family so he can constantly observe Conor’s condition. Meanwhile, Conor’s two children and wife, Vanetia, grateful to have their father and husband home, struggle to adjust to living with a newly irritable and isolated man. While the family, including Conor himself, works to accept the profound change in their lives, Vanetia turns to Ted for guidance, forming a complicated friendship with him, making his place in their home increasingly complex.

Audience Award, Best Irish Feature, Galway Film Fleadh 2013
Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival

Followed by a reception

Come early for a Live storytelling event! To purchase a pass to both Closing Night events click here

Fixed: Shabbat Night Dinner and Conversation

Join us around the dinner table for a viewing of FIXED (see FILMS for more information), and a conversation about the physical and philosophical effects of human enhancement technology with a panel of experts and special guests from the film including filmmaker Regan Brashear, John Hockenberry, and Lezlie Frye . Moderated by Lawrence Carter Long.

Advance registration required.
$40 General Admisison / $60 Filmmakers’ Table

Good Dancer - Staged Reading by Apothetae Theater

The only theatre company of its kind dedicated to the production of full-length plays about the “Disabled Experience,” merging disabilities into the theatrical mainstream. Emily Chadick Weiss’ Good Dancer tells the story of a wealthy young man with Cerebral Palsy, his African American Republican girlfriend, and the meeting of their parents before the couple sets off to Hong Kong for what could be the beginning of the rest of their lives—if their parents approve…

Heidi Latsky Dance

A New York-based modern dance company comprised of dancers both with and without disabilities, Heidi Latsky Dance presents a provocative, highly technical, and
physically adventurous dance, which takes the audience through a celebratory journey of the human spirit.

Maps to the Other Side: One Person’s Odyssey to Survival and Thriving - Reading & Conversation

Despite a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, author Sascha Altman DuBrul has learned to use his distinctive gifts to become a political activist, an organic farmer, a guidance counselor, as well as founder of a seed library and the Icarus Project, an online support network for people with psychiatric conditions. His new memoir tells the story of his journey across America, exploring a landscape that includes radical artists, migrant laborers, and beautiful people determined to change the world.

Music for Autism

An interactive “autism friendly” concert featuring a performance by professional musicians, including Tony Award winners, Grammy-nominated classical artists, and
Pulitzer Prize winners. 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. Visit for information and free registration.

Pearls Project Photography Exhibit

Positive Exposure’s PEARLS Project is a groundbreaking, interactive, educational program which invites students to learn about their peers living with genetic, physical, and
behavioral differences, and respect for human diversity. This selection of breathtaking photographs documents members of our community who participated in the program,
commissioned by UJA Federation of NY.

Picture Book Story Time

Come meet your friends at the library and listen to some of your favorite picture book stories. Participating NYPL branches will dedicated their Story Time to Disability related stories. Recommended for Ages 4 - 7.

ReelAbilities Live Storytelling Event

The city’s hottest storytelling organization is coming to ReelAbilities for the first time! Join us for this special presentation of the most riveting stories selected from the MothSHOP storytelling workshop conducted by The Moth’s Community Education Program.

ReelAbilities R&R: Shabbat at the JCC

Afternoon of free family activities, art, music, film, dance, and more!
The March 8th R&R is dedicated to, and inspired by, ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival.

Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury

On view Mar 5–26 at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at The JCC in Manhattan

Twenty-one photographers were paired with twenty-one people with spinal cord injuries. The resulting photographs tell the everyday stories about family, strength, and ability.

This exhibit is created by BACKBONES which provides one-on-one peer support for people with spinal cord injury and their families.

The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy - Select Scenes & Conversation

New York Deaf Theatre performs selected scenes from the play by Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak, based on the true story of William Ellsworth Hoy, one of the few deaf baseball players to succeed in the major leagues and the person often credited with the creation of baseball signals. Set in 1886, The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy focuses on Hoy’s struggles for understanding, acceptance, and friendship among his fellow players. It also portrays how hearing players face their own challenges in adapting to a deaf teammate. Featuring onstage shadow interpreting, the performance will be followed by a conversation with the cast and crew.

The JCC in Manhattan Presented by The JCC in Manhattan