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ReelAbilities: Disabilities Film Festival
March 31 – April 6, 2014
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3rd, 2014
$8 member / $10 nonmember, Weekly Pass: $32 member / $36 nonmember

Weekly Pass – All Films

The ReelAbilities is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films, accompanied by discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ReelAbilities strives for community-wide inclusion; those needing accommodations to participate are encouraged to contact Melissa Bunce at the Weinstein JCC at 804.545.8658 by March 17. 

tnCAZYDPC8Ocean Heaven (Opening Film)
Monday, March 31 at 7PM
Xiao Lu Xue/ China / Mandarin / 96 min
Weinstein JCC

Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased at the door.

Jet Li, in his first dramatic role, stars in this moving story of a father’s tireless love for his autistic son and his attempt to teach his son the life skills necessary to survive on his own. A poignant tribute to parents’ infinite love for their children. TALKBACK SPEAKERS: Zach Sisisky, Richmond Autism Connection; Cheryl Carlyon, Commonwealth Community Trust

 

GettingUp-loresTuesday, April 1 at 7PM
Visual Arts Center of Richmond (1812 W Main Street, 23220)
Getting Up

Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased at the door.

Casky Ebeling, USA, 2012, 73 min, Documentary ALS(2013 Festival)
Renowned graffiti artist TemptOne loses his creative voice, after being paralyzed by Lou
Gehrig’s disease. Through technology and the help of his crew, he is able to create art, write again – and regain his street cred. Open Captions. TALKBACK SPEAKERS: Ken Knorr from Associated Training Consultants; Mike “Mikemetic” Williams, DJ and radio host at WRIR, and a noted historian on the mural and street art culture in Richmond; Tremetris Harrell and Alex Kurth from the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter

Wednesday, April 2 at 7PM
The Byrd Theatre (2908 W. Cary Street, 23222)

Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased at the door.

A night of Short Films:
BE MY BROTHER
Genevieve Clay, Australia, 2009, 8 min, Narrative Down Syndrome
Charm and charisma challenge the prejudices of a stranger.

FLYING ANNE Tourettes
Catherine van Campen, Netherlands, 2010, 21 min, Documentary
A portrait of 11-year-old Ann, who has Tourette Syndrome.

JAZZ HAND Physical, Congenital amputee
Michelle Vargas, USA, 2009, 3 min, Narrative
Mary is at an audition when her surprising secret is comically revealed.

50/50
David Ellington, UK, 2010, 27 min, Narrative
A comedy about a Deaf / Hearing friendship where the Hearing buddy comes up with a bunch of schemes for them to earn money – the final one being to use the Deaf bloke’s photographic memory to present him as a psychic.
Open Captions

TALKBACK SPEAKERS: Alex Ginsberg, Drama Therapist; Dr. Fred Orelove, Professor, Advocate, Author; Mary Crews Nunnally, Program Manager of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program with the Division of Rehabilitative Services

CrookedBeautyThursday, April 3 at 7PM
Spirited Art (4029 Whittall Way, 23060)
Crooked Beauty

Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased at the door.

Ken Paul Rosenthal / Documentary / USA / English / 30 min / Official Website
A visually stunning account of artist-activist Jacks Ashley McNamara’s
transformative journey from troubled childhood to psych ward patient to
pioneering mental health advocate. This poetic tale reshapes mental health
stigmas while re-approaching madness as a tool for creativity, inspiration and hope. Open Captions. TALKBACK SPEAKERS: Sherman Master MD., Psychiatrist and Addictionologist

GettingUp-loresFriday, April 4 at 11AM
Larrick Student Center on VCU Medical Center’s MCV Campus
Getting Up

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Casky Ebeling, USA, 2012, 73 min, Documentary ALS(2013 Festival)
Renowned graffiti artist TemptOne loses his creative voice, after being paralyzed by Lou
Gehrig’s disease. Through technology and the help of his crew, he is able to create art, write again – and regain his street cred. Open Captions. TALKBACK SPEAKERS: Joey Wallace of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of America; Tremetris Harrell and Alex Kurth from the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter

finding_nemoSunday, April 6 at 3PM
Weinstein JCC (5403 Monument Avenue, 23226)
 Finding Nemo

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Andrew Stanton / Animation / 100 min / USA / 2003
The wizards at Pixar take us under the sea to the world of clownfish Marlin and his son Nemo who has only one fin… When the defiant Nemo takes off from his dad and gets captured by a tropical fish seeker he finds himself stuck in a fishbowl in a dentist’s office. Marlin and his well meaning, but wacky, friend Dory embark on an epic journey to find his son. Open Captions

Support ReelAbilities. 

ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people. Individuals needing accommodations to participate should contact Melissa Bunce at (804) 545-8658 by March 17 2014.

For more information, please contact Melissa Bunce at 804-545-8658.

 

Sponsored by

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Title Sponsor - VCU Medical Center
Media Sponsor – Richmond Magazine
Bronze Sponsor - Career Support Systems, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor - The Choice Group
Bronze Sponsor - Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Bronze Sponsor – Department of Rehabilitation Counseling
Silver Sponsor - Markel Corporation
Silver Sponsor – Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Centers, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Friends of ReelAbilities - Richmond Autism Connection, Julie and Michael Goodman