ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival:  March 2-8, 2017 

 

Visit ny.reelabilities.org for festival details.

ReelAbilities is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Award-winning films are presented in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ReelAbilities is made possible by support from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, the Saul Schottenstein Foundation, F.Y. Eye, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Fund of UJA Federation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


ReelAbilities Festival FlexPass
  • $40 for Everyone

 

Get five (5) general admission tickets to films screening at JCC Manhattan as part of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, excluding special events & programs. See a full list of films at ny.reelabilities.org/films-and-events

*Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets in advance, as screenings do sell out. The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708.

* Special events include: Opening Night Gala: Sanctuary, Shabbat Film, Dinner + Conversation, and Closing Night: How Sweeet the Sound

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 


Opening Night Gala: Sanctuary
  • Thu, Mar 02 - Thu, Mar 02
  • 07:00 pm
  • $100 for Everyone

 

To purchase tickets to opening night click here.

Join us for the Red Carpet Opening Night of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, featuring the NY premiere of Sanctuary, followed by Q&A and opening night reception.

SANCTUARY
Dir. Len Collin
85 min, Ireland, Narrative
NY Premiere

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe their feckless caretaker to book them a hotel for an afternoon. But Larry and Sophie aren't any couple--they both have intellectual disabilities, and by attempting to be intimate, they're breaking the law in Ireland. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eyes of their caretakers and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full schedule and ticket information.

 

Time to Love, A Backstage Tale
  • Fri, Mar 03 - Fri, Mar 03
  • 10:00 am
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Guida Bilbao
69 min, Panama, Documentary
NY PREMIERE

The story of a group of young actors who dare to mount La Cucarachita Mandinga, a classic Panamanian play. The actors, who have Down syndrome, lack prior stage experience, but plan to put on the first inclusive play ever staged in Central America. We follow them as they work together to memorize lines, learn choreography, and challenge the public. This documentary explores the artistic process as well as these young people's intimate world: their fears, their hopes, and their daily struggle for the adventure of their lives.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Reel Exchange: Press Conference
  • Fri, Mar 03 - Fri, Mar 03
  • 3:00 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

NY's ReelAbilities and Moscow's Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are engaged in a Social Expertise Exchange program under the auspices of the Eurasia Foundation. Join us for a press conference and learn best practices from our guests.

Please note: Press conference will take place in 7th floor Beit Midrash. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Shabbat Dinner, Movies + Conversation: Reel Signs
  • Fri, Mar 03 - Fri, Mar 03
  • 6:30 pm
  • $50 for Everyone

 

ReelAbilities' Dinner + Conversation is back with a compilation of riveting deafness-related short films:

4 QUARTERS OF SILENCE
Dir. Cody Broadway
17 min, USA, Documentary
Follow the road to success  of the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers, as the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments takes on a competitive league .

THE FORGOTTEN
Dir. Alexander Korolev
27 min, Russia, Narrative
A sign language theater director has a love affair with his lead actress, but is unable to leave his wife.

THE QUIET ONES
Dir. Teresa Garratty
15 min, UK, Narrative
In this murder mystery , a teacher at a boarding school for the deaf is brutally murdered, and the suspects are narrowed down to four students.

Presented in partnership with The Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC). Advanced registration required. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full schedule and ticket information. 

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 25.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Dancing on Wheels: Kitty Lunn
  • Sat, Mar 04 - Sat, Mar 04
  • 2:00 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

Meet renowned dancer Kitty Lunn on screen and in person. A screening of Qingzi Fan's short film Dancing on Wheels will be followed by a dance performance by protagonists Kitty Lunn and Krishna Christine Washburn, and a conversation with Lunn and filmmaker Qingzi Fan.

Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.

DANCING ON WHEELS
Dir. Qingzi Fan
10 min, USA, Documentary
US PREMIERE
Kitty Lunn, a paraplegic dancer, has been teaching students with disabilities for the past thirty years.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Reel Spectrum
  • Sat, Mar 04 - Sat, Mar 04
  • 3:00 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

Join us for a family-friendly, sensory-friendly collection of shorts focusing on individuals on the autism spectrum. Screening includes:

ANNA
Dir. Harriet Maire
9 min, New Zealand, Narrative
Anna's routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus.

SPECTRUM: A STORY OF THE MIND
Dir. Jill Jones
24 min, USA, Documentary
An inventive animated and live action documentary about autism and sensory perception. Featuring Temple Grandin

WINSTON'S GHOST: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RYAN GUSTMAN
Dir. Brian Binder, Brian Mezerski + Daniel Spiller
9 min, USA, Documentary
Ryan combines his loves of photography and urban exploration, documenting abandoned buildings in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Reel Exchange: Making Film Accessible
  • Sat, Mar 04 - Sat, Mar 04
  • 4:00 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

NY's ReelAbilities and Moscow's Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are engaged in a Social Expertise Exchange program under the auspices of the Eurasia Foundation. Join us for a panel discussion and learn best practices from our guests.

Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.

Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Reel Encounters
  • Sat, Mar 04 - Sat, Mar 04
  • 4:30 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

A collection of short films featuring the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Selections include:

ANDY BARRIE: THE VOICE
Dir. Lana Slezic
13 min, Canada, Documentary
Former Canadian radio host Andy Barrie finds a new voice in battling Parkinson's disease.

CHILDREN OF GOD
Dir. Ahmed Yassin
10 min, Iraq, Narrative
A young amputee bets his prized possessions on his crush winning the boys vs. girls soccer match.

JED'S DAY
Dir. Madoka Raine
7 min, USA, Narrative
A man with cerebral palsy has a full day.

LEFTY & LOOSEY
Dir. Zico Abrar
5 min, USA, Narrative
Private investigators Lefty and Loosey uncover a diabolical plot and must save the world.

PICKED
Dir. Kelsey Amelia Snelling
8 min, USA, Narrative
A girl's quest for the "perfect" pumpkin sets her apart from her peers.

STUTTER
Dir. Ivo Huahua
13 min, USA, Narrative
A strong-willed man with a stutter resolves to win his son’s respect by speaking to the boy’s class on Career Day.

Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan. Family-friendly shorts will be screened to start and adult selections will be announced midway through the program.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

American Veteran
  • Sat, Mar 04 - Sat, Mar 04
  • 6:00 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

Dir. Julie Cohen
75 min, USA, Documentary
US PREMIERE

America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of American veterans: service members so severely wounded they would have died in previous wars, but who survive because of advanced medical technology. Sgt. Nick Mendes was paralyzed from the neck down by an IED and suffers from PTSD. American Veteran follows his recovery and sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Kills on Wheels
  • Sat, Mar 04 - Sat, Mar 04
  • 8:30 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Attila Till
102 min, Hungary, Narrative
NYC PREMIERE

In this wildly original dark comedy, two teenaged boys living in a facility for children with disabilities are looking for a way out. When they befriend a gruff firefighter-turned-hitman who enlists them to be his accomplice wheelchair assassins, they enter a surreal world of gangsters and guns, all the while coming to terms with their respective disabilities. With stellar cinematography, a mix of live action and graphic animation, and a dark sense of humor, Kills on Wheels successfully blends genres, dealing with issues of invisibility, prejudice, and loneliness as it rolls on to exciting, offbeat places. Hungary's 2016 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Passing the Torch: Advocacy Forum
  • Sun, Mar 05 - Sun, Mar 05
  • 12:00 pm
  • FREE for Everyone

 

ReelAbilities is celebrating advocacy and honoring individuals who are leading the way for inclusion and accessibility. Join us for an intergenerational panel discussion featuring disability rights advocates discussing the accomplishments of the movement and the pressing issues we face today.

Presented in partnership with Independence Care System. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

The Rebound
  • Sun, Mar 05 - Sun, Mar 05
  • 2:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Shaina Allen
65 min, USA, Documentary

Miami is a city known for its sports and diversity. For the Miami Heat Wheels, it is a city of opportunity, second chances, and a call to win--against all odds. The Rebound follows the underdog journey of this wheelchair basketball team, as they strive for a national championship. This remarkable documentary delves into each player’s tribulations and examines how the sport turned strangers on the verge of losing hope into brothers. It is a story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our innate ability to engage with life's toughest challenges, including those beyond what meets the eye.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

At Eye Level
  • Sun, Mar 05 - Sun, Mar 05
  • 4:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Joachim Dollhopf & Evi Goldbrunner
100 min, Germany, Narrative
NY PREMIERE

Eleven-year-old Michi lives in an orphanage, where he fights every day to win the respect of his peers. When he happens to find his biological father's address, Michi can't believe his luck, but when they meet and Michi discovers that his father, Tom, has dwarfism, Michi is relentlessly bullied and flees the orphanage to move in with Tom. While Michi tries to hide his embarrassment and shame, Tom is forced to confront both fatherhood and his disability head-on. As Michi and Tom learn about each other, they discover they have more in common than most sons and fathers, and can even see each other at eye level.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Carte Blanche
  • Sun, Mar 05 - Sun, Mar 05
  • 6:15 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Jacek Lusinski
106 min, Poland, Narrative

Inspired by incredible but true events, Carte Blanche is the uplifting story of a charismatic high school history teacher named Kacper who hides his progressing blindness from everyone around him in order to fulfill his educational duties. Kacper's methods are unorthodox, sometimes hilarious, and devilishly effective. Carte Blanche is a paean to human perseverance and dignity.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

My Hero Brother
  • Sun, Mar 05 - Sun, Mar 05
  • 8:30 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Yonatan Nir
78 min, Israel, Documentary
NYC PREMIERE

A group of young adults with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their typically abled brothers and sisters. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a differently abled siblings come to the surface, while a heartwarming and special closeness develops among the group's members as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. The difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India open new horizons and deepen our understanding of  adults with disabilities and their families.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Swim Team
  • Mon, Mar 06 - Mon, Mar 06
  • 6:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Lara Stolman
100 min, USA, Documentary

What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one boy with autism take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend disability, this triumphant film profiles this team, the Jersey Hammerheads. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie, Kelvin, and others gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

The View From Tall at JCC Harlem
  • Mon, Mar 06 - Mon, Mar 06
  • 7:00 pm
  • $9 for Everyone

 

Please note: This screening will take place JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St., New York, NY 10026. Please call 212.865.1215 for assistance.

THE VIEW FROM TALL
Dir. Erica Weiss
87 min, USA, Narrative
NY Premiere

Precocious, isolated, and relentlessly bullied by her classmates about her height, Chicagoland high school senior Justine reluctantly begins therapy in the aftermath of a messy public affair with her English teacher. After a rocky first few sessions, she forms an unlikely bond with Douglas, her therapist, who is in a wheelchair and nurses demons of his own. Told with a sardonic wit, The View from Tall is a tender story of self-discovery at more than one age.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Nise: The Heart of Madness
  • Mon, Mar 06 - Mon, Mar 06
  • 8:30 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Roberto Berliner
108 min, Brazil, Narrative
NY PREMIERE

After leaving prison, Dr. Nise da Silveira returns to work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock therapy used to treat individuals with schizophrenia. Ridiculed by doctors, she takes up work in the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she initiates a revolution, using art therapy, pets, and love to treat her patients. Nise is based on the true story of an indomitable woman who confronted Brazil's mental health establishment.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

My Feral Heart
  • Tue, Mar 07 - Tue, Mar 07
  • 6:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Dir. Jane Gull
83 min, UK, Narrative
NYC PREMIERE

A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down syndrome, into a group home--a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caretaker and a local heir dealing with his own demons. As friendships bloom, Luke'€™s frustration and disappointment with his new home soon turns to wonder when he discovers a way out and begins to explore the surrounding countryside. But as long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke treads dangerously close to disaster. My Feral Heart is a beautifully realized narrative, bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography,and a deeply evocative score.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Reel Diversity: Industry Event + The View From Tall
  • Tue, Mar 07 - Tue, Mar 07
  • 7:00 pm
  • $9 members / $13 public

 

Join award-winning filmmakers and actors at this special industry event, exploring and celebrating diversity on screen. Event will begin with a cocktail reception and will feature the NY Premiere of The View from Tall.

Presented in partnership with SAG-AFTRA

THE VIEW FROM TALL
Dir. Erica Weiss
87 min, USA, Narrative
NY Premiere

Precocious, isolated, and relentlessly bullied by her classmates about her height, Chicagoland high school senior Justine reluctantly begins therapy in the aftermath of a messy public affair with her English teacher. After a rocky first few sessions, she forms an unlikely bond with Douglas, her therapist, who is in a wheelchair and nurses demons of his own. Told with a sardonic wit, The View from Tall is a tender story of self-discovery at more than one age.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

Sanctuary at JCC Harlem
  • Tue, Mar 07 - Tue, Mar 07
  • 7:00 pm
  • $9 for Everyone

 

Please note: This screening will take place JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St., New York, NY 10026. Please call 212.865.1215 for assistance.

Dir. Len Collin
85 min, Ireland, Narrative
NY Premiere

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe their feckless caretaker to book them a hotel for an afternoon. But Larry and Sophie aren't any couple--they both have intellectual disabilities, and by attempting to be intimate, they're breaking the law in Ireland. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eyes of their caretakers and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

All screenings followed by conversation. For complete lineup and more information, visit ny.reelabilities.org.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full schedule and ticket information.

 

Closing Night: How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Wed, Mar 08 - Wed, Mar 08
  • 7:00 pm
  • $18 for Everyone

 

Join us for Closing Night of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, featuring a screening of How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama. Followed by Q&A with filmmakers and The Blind Boys of Alabama quartet, as well as closing night dessert reception.

HOW SWEET THE SOUND: THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Dir. Leslie McCleave
89 min, USA, Documentary

Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama has an amazing career—since meeting at a state-run, segregated vocational institute for the blind in the 1930s, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock &€™ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit Gospel at Colonus. Now, as the group enters its seventh decade, they are as artistically vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, and others. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, remarkable view of life on the road and in the studio with a group of renowned performers.

All screenings followed by conversation. Visit ny.reelabilities.org for full program and ticket information.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by February 16.
ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description provided by Michele Spitz, Erin deWard, and David Linton.

 

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