POA 2015-2016 Season:
ReelAbilities Film Festival
Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6
Per film: $8M/$10NM
All films pass: $28M/$36NM
The ReelAbilities Film Festival 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.
Film screening times and locations will be announced this winter.
– Talk Backs explore and discuss the themes presented in each film. Speakers are professionals in the field or individuals living with the highlighted disability.
When Alex gets a job as the leader of a local theater group in a bid to bond with his distant father, Julien, a charming 17-year-old with cerebral palsy, challenges him to competing together in the Ironman triathlon—a near impossible feat. This is not just a sports film, but a story of one family’s exemplary journey and a portrait of the love between father and son.
Marcel Barrena/ Spain / 83 Min / Documentary
Albert loves life, and he won’t let anything get in his way, least of all his wheelchair. He’s only 19, but he’s already traveled to dozens of countries. He’s made a sport of leaving with only 20 euros in his pocket and putting his faith in the innate goodness of people he meets along the way. And he has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve to get into places free of charge if he needs to. This time, his
destination is as far away as possible from his home in Barcelona: a lighthouse in New Zealand.
It’s All About Friends
Lena Koppel / Sweden / 91 Min / Narrative
The sequel to 2015’s Festival opener, The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes. Max, a successful, yet lonely and depressed, NYC-based cinematographer is contacted by his old friend Peter, who invites him to come to a small Swedish city and help him make a film about his daughter’s friends. Once Max gets there, he realizes that the documentary he has promised to shoot is about people with disabilities. Drama, laughter, love and friendships unfold as the film gets made; and Max goes through a personal journey revisiting his perception of people with disabilities.
Autistic Like Me
A candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with Autism. Dispelling the archaic idea that “big boys don’t cry,” a group of fathers open up to each other about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a parenting experience very different than the ones they had envisioned.
No Ordinary Hero-The Superdeafy Movie
Tony Kane plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another guy who happens to be deaf. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang is also deaf and is having a hard time. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. Featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin .
Meeting Special Needs is a Priority at the Weinstein JCC
We offer a unique inclusive setting for those with special needs. Through the Weinstein JCC Early Childhood and Summer Camp programs, we promote supportive and growing relationships that strengthen individuals and families. Serving the unmet needs of those with developmental disabilities through social, educational, and recreational opportunities is a strong part of our commitment to the Richmond community.
Our 2015-16 Patrons of the Arts Brochure is now in and ready for viewing! Be sure to check it out to get the scoop on all of the other exciting events happening this season!