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2e: Twice Exceptional

2E: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL
Dir. Thomas Ropelewsky
2015, 54 min, USA, Documentary
NY PREMIERE

An honest, up-close look at what it’s like to be – or to be the parent or teacher of — a gifted young person coming to terms with a learning difference. This documentary follows the personal journeys of a group of high school students who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. Featuring thought-provoking interviews with students, parents, teachers, psychologists and therapists, 2e: Twice Exceptional is essential viewing for anyone interested in understanding where our next generation of “outliers” -- geniuses, mavericks, and dreamers -- may come from.

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A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt

Dir. Kai Christensen
2014, 89 min, Germany, Docudrama

The heroic story of unsung hero Otto Weidt, who saved dozens of Jews from the Nazi death camps. Owner of a Berlin brush and broom factory, Otto Weidt used his skills to outwit the Nazis and protect his staff, most of whom were Jewish and blind. When his secretary was deported to Auschwitz, Weidt, nearly blind himself, embarked on a journey to free her. A gripping true story of a courageous man, A Blind Hero relies almost exclusively on eyewitness accounts and the memories of those whom Weidt saved.

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A Grand Pursuit

Dir. Will Strathmann
2015, 23 min, USA, Documentary
NY PREMIERE
Vasu Sojitra is the first leg amputee to attempt climbing the Grand Teton mountains without using a prosthetic leg.

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Birthday

Dir. Chris King
2015, 16 min, USA, Narrative
A severely wounded Marine returns home to his wife after months of surgery and rehabilitation.

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Bumblebees

Dir. Jenna Kanell
2015, 4 min, USA, Narrative
NY PREMIERE
Despite being told as a child he would never walk or speak, Vance accomplished the impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

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Chimes for Tyler

Dir. Stephen Panaggio
2014, 8 min, USA, Documentary
A boy with autism can distinguish wind chimes by sound.
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Do You Dream in Color?

Dir. Abigail Fuller & Sarah Ivy
2014, 76 min, USA, Documentary

The poignant coming-of-age story of Connor, Nick, Sarah, and Carina, who navigate the growing pains of high school, but, unlike most teens, face another challenge—they are blind. Do You Dream in Color? captures their journeys as they strive to achieve their goals: to be a sponsored skateboarder, to travel the world, to become a rock star, and to be the first in one’s family to graduate high school. Through their personal stories we learn of the experience of being blind and how these fearless teenagers navigate through it.

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Enter the Faun

Dir. Tamar Rogoff & Daisy Wright
2015, 67 min, USA, Documentary

The unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation. As Tamar Rogoff trains Gregg Mozgala to dance in her performance, they discover that her lack of formal medical training and his fears and physical limitations are the impetus for her choreography and their unprecedented discoveries. Enter The Faun is the story of a joyous, obsessed journey toward opening night. It challenges the boundaries of medicine and art, as well as the limitations associated with disability.

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Family-Friendly Shorts

Join us for a collection of family-friendly short films. Films include:

CHIMES FOR TYLER
LITTLE HERO
MACROPOLIS
STRINGS
SUPER SOUNDS
The TALES OF THE GOLDEN SAND

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Gabe

Dir. Luke Terrell
2015, 72 min, USA, Documentary
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Gabe was born with muscular dystrophy. For his entire life, he was told he would be lucky to live past 25. Upon learning he was misdiagnosed and could live well into his 50s, Gabe is forced to rethink his life from scratch.

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Glimpse of Heaven

Dir. Diego Robles
2012, 12 min, USA, Narrative
A blind veteran changes his outlook on life after meeting a young girl.

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Good Beer

Dir. Tony Borden
2015, 7 min, USA, Narrative
Shannon and David meet online and go on a revealing first date.

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Happy 40th

Dir. Madoka Raine
2015, 100 min, USA, Narrative
NYC PREMIERE

This beautifully acted ensemble film features four women coming together to celebrate the birthday of a friend who has remained a recluse ever since a car accident with her husband left her in a wheelchair. Over the course of the weekend, much wine is consumed, intimacies are shared, and an unthinkable betrayal forces the group of friends and lovers to re-evaluate long-held beliefs and assumptions. Happy 40th pokes and prods at fragile relationships to reveal uncomfortable truths about the secrets we keep from each other and from ourselves.

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I Don't Care

Dir. Carolina Giammetta
2014, 14 min, UK, Narrative
A mother-to-be faces the possibility of having a child with Down syndrome.

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In Harmony

Join us for Closing Night of the 8th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. Screening followed by Q&A and reception.

Dir. Denis Dercourt
2014, 90 min., France, Narrative
NY PREMIERE

Marc is an equestrian stuntman. After a serious accident which traumatically injures him, he loses all hope of ever getting back on a horse. Florence works for an insurance company and is in charge of Marc’s case. Although they have nothing in common, Marc and Florence’s brief interaction will impact them in more ways than they can imagine. In Harmony is a poignant and inspiring story about the passion of a man for his horse, and his nearly impossible return to happiness after a dramatic fall. Set in the breathtaking landscape of Brittany and featuring impeccable acting throughout, the film is a vibrant life lesson.

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Jesse

Dir. Adam Goldhammer
2013, 14 min, Canada, Narrative
After her parents are killed, 22-year-old Kelly is the sole caregiver for her older brother Jesse who has autism.

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Little Hero

Dir. Marcus A. McDougald & Jennifer Medvin
2015, 10 min, USA, Documentary
A 6-year-old boy with autism is seen through his twin sister's eyes.

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Macropolis

Dir. Joel Simon
2012, 7 min, UK, Narrative
NYC PREMIERE
Two toys made at a factory are thrown out, and together attempt to be put on a store shelf.

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Margarita, With a Straw

Dir. Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
2014, 97 min, India, Narrative
NY PREMIERE

A funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy. Laila, an aspiring writer and secret rebel in a wheelchair, is accepted to New York University and leaves India for Manhattan. After a chance encounter with a fiery female activist, Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world and its liberal sexualities. Tackling subject matter rarely explored with lightheartedness, this TIFF award-winning drama is a beautiful, bold, and brave portrait of love, identity, and sexuality. Margarita, with a Straw is joyous cinema bound to win your heart.

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Marina's Ocean

Dir. Cássio Pereira dos Santos
2014, 16 min, Brazil, Narrative
A teen with Down syndrome visits the sea for the first time.

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Patrick's Day

Dir. Terry McMahon
2014, 98 min, Ireland, Narrative
NYC PREMIERE

Patrick is a warm young man living with schizophrenia. Medication and his mother’s fierce protection means he is no threat to himself or anyone else—until St. Patrick’s Day, when he meets Karen, a suicidal flight attendant. This audacious love story provocatively explores issues ranging from the right to intimacy to the question of when parental love becomes a destructive force.

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Perfect

Dir. Karim Ayari
2013, 12 min, Canada, Narrative
NY PREMIERE
Julius meets with his psychologist after what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics.

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Reel Encounters

Join us for a collection of short films. Films include:

BIRTHDAY
BUMBLEBEES
CHIMES FOR TYLER
GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN
GOOD BEER
A GRAND PURSUIT
I DON’T CARE
JESSE
LITTLE HERO
MACROPOLIS
MARINA’S OCEAN
PERFECT
SOLILOQUY
STILL RUNNING
STRINGS
SUPER SOUNDS
TAKE ME
The TALES OF THE GOLDEN SAND
WELCOME TO THE LAST BOOKSTORE

REELationships

Join us for a collection of short films about love and relationships. Films include:

BIRTHDAY
GOOD BEER
JESSE
THE MOBILE STRIPPER
PERFECT
TAKE ME

Soliloquy

Dir. Heidi Latsky
2015, 14 min, USA, Documentary
An illuminating and moving close-up look at a diverse group of performers of Heidi Latsky Dance.

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