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Event: The 3rd Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

We strongly recommend the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, which is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

The festival presents award winning films in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area, as well as discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.




When: Feb. 3, 2011 – Feb. 8, 2011
Where: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Roosevelt Island, Staten Island, Westchester, Long Island



Here is a listing of the films:

  • ANITA
    Director: Marcos Carnevale (2009 / Argentina / 104min)
    Narrative
    Anita, a young woman with Down syndrome, gets separated from her mother after a bomb explodes at their Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. As she wanders the city searching for her mom–alone for the first time ever–she discovers an inner strength few could have expected.
  • BRAIN DAMADJ’D…TAKE II
    Director: Paul Nadler (2006 / Canada / 50min)
    Documentary
    Ten years ago, Paul Nadler was a creative maverick: an extreme sportsman, award-winning TV director, and a veritable Casanova to boot. When a car accident leaves him with a traumatic brain injury he sets out to reaffirm he is still is all of these things.
  • CROOKED BEAUTY
    Director: Ken Paul Rosenthal (2010 / USA / 30min)
    Documentary
    A visually stunning account of artist-activist Jacks Ashley McNamara’s transformation from victim of a 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.
  • REEL-ENCOUNTERS
    Directors: Various / (2010 / UK / Australia / 60min)
    Collection of Short Films
    A series of groundbreaking short films made by and about different deaf communities from around the world. Dating, possessed machines, and much more are tackled in these diverse and captivating universal gems.
  • THE LAST AMERICAN FREAK SHOW
    Director: Richard Butchins (2008 / UK / 80min)
    Documentary
    Political correctness be damned! A motley crew of performers with disabilities, turn the American Freak Show on its head, as they travel the country exposing bigotry, bucking expectations, and challenging preconceptions at every step.
  • ME, TOO
    Directors: Antonio Naharro, Álvaro Pastor (2009 / Spain / 103min)
    Narrative
    Daniel, a recent college graduate with Down Syndrome forges a strong bond with vivacious workmate Laura, but their burgeoning relationship turns complicated when he professes his love to her. This gripping narrative questions modern relationships and conceptions of “normality” as the couple grapples with their need to connect.
  • MY SPECTACULAR THEATER
    Director: Lu Yang (2010 / China / 120min)
    Narrative
    Chen Yu, a hawker of pirated DVDs, finds refuge and then employment in a Beijing movie theater for the blind. As his relationship to the blind community deepens, he finds love, acceptance, and heartbreak in this beautifully-shot ode to the power of cinema.
  • THE RED CHAPEL
    Director: Mads Brügger (2009 / Denmark / 87min)
    Documentary
    In this Sundance favorite, a journalist with no scruples and two Danish/Korean comedians—one a self-proclaimed “spastic” with cerebral palsy—travel to North Korea under the guise of cultural exchange. Mixing biting humor and incisive investigative skills the troupe exposes a totalitarian regime long suspected of shunning its disabled population.
  • WANDERING EYES
    Directed by: Ofir Trainin (2010 / Israel / 55min)
    Documentary
    Gabriel Belhassan is the next big thing in the rock music world, former Orthodox Jew and recently diagnosed manic depressive. Upon being released from a psychiatric facility, he begins work on a solo album, but urban solitude, disturbed sleep, and a myriad of daily pressures refuse to let him be.
  • WARRIOR CHAMPIONS
    Director: Craig Renaud (2009 / China / USA / 80min)
    Documentary
    Four Iraq War veterans turn the nightmares of war into Olympic dreams. After losing limbs and suffering paralysis fighting for their country in Iraq, they have set out to do what many thought impossible… but will they make the cut?
  • WRETCHES & JABBERERS
    Director: Gerardine Wurzburg (2010 / USA / 90min)
    Documentary
    Two men with autism–an accomplished artist and an activist–embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, dissecting, challenging, and reshaping public conceptions along the way.

Here is a listing of festival events:

  • DIVERSITY ON SESAME STREET
    40 years of the seminal TV show screened for kids in one room, while adults are treated to clips and a conversation with show writer Emily Perl Kingsley in another.
  • FLAME
    A spectacular show from the NY-based band, comprising 11 musicians/performers with developmental and physical abilities.
  • FREE PLAYERS
    Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) jazz ensemble of performers. with mental and develop-mental disabilities.
  • IF CREATED BY HEIDI LATSKY DANCE
    Excerpts from IF, a breathtaking com-munity-based dance performance which transcends physical differences with a diverse cast of 20 that is multi-generational, multiracial and of mixed ability.
  • MUSIC FOR AUTISM
    An interactive, “Autism friendly” con-cert featuring Broadway’s Jersey Boys’ Dominic Nolfi, Dominic Scaglione and Deborah Hurwitz. Open for individuals with autism and their families. Advance registration required. This concert is the first of the Linda Rodgers Emory Concert Series generously underwritten by the Richard and Dorothy Rodgers Fund of UJA-Federation.
  • OUR TIME
    Original work by the talented members of Our Time, a non-profit organization that uses the arts to improve the confidence and communication skills of young people who stutter.
  • SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
    A striking exhibition of photos from artists who are visually impaired, partially sighted, and totally blind. On View Feb 3-8 at The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
    40 W. 20th St, NY, NY 10011
  • NAVIGATING DISABILITY: AN EXPLORATION BY 4 ARTISTS
    ON VIEW Feb 3–Apr 28
    THE LAURIE M TISCH GALLERY AT THE JCC IN MANHATTAN
    Fountain Gallery, the premier venue for artists with mental illness, and VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, present 4 artists (Jacks Ashley McNamara, Martin Cohen, Emily Eifler, Scott Ligon) who are navigating unique relationships between disability and creative expressions. Gallery Reception and Artist Talk on Sat, Feb 5, 6 pm

Here is a schedule of events and the films:

MANHATTAN

JCC IN MANHATTAN
334 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023

  • Anita
    Thursday, Feb 3, 7pm
    Opening Night
  • Diversity on Sesame Street
    Sat, Feb 5, 2 pm
  • IF
    Sat, Feb 5, 4 pm
  • Gallery Reception and Artists Talk
    Sat, Feb 5, 6pm
  • Crooked Beauty + Wandering Eyes
    Sat, Feb 5, 7 pm
  • Me, Too
    Sat, Feb 5, 9:15 pm
  • Music for Autism
    Sun, Feb 6, 11am
  • Our Time
    Sun, Feb 6, 1 pm
  • Brain Damadj’d…Take II
    Sun, Feb 6, 2 pm
  • Warrior Champions
    Sun, Feb 6, 4 pm
  • My Spectacular Theater
    Sun, Feb 6, 7 pm
  • Reel-Encounters (Short Films)
    Mon, Feb 7, 7 pm
  • Red Chapel
    Mon, Feb 7, 8:45 pm
  • Wretches & Jabberers
    Tue, Feb 8, 7 pm
    Closing Night

GEORGE BRUCH LIBRARY
518 W. 125th St
New York, NY 10027

  • FREE Players
    Sat, Feb 5, 2 pm

NYU
19 University Place, Rm 102
New York, NY 10012

  • The Last American Freak Show
    Fri, Feb 4, 3 pm

BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTER
Saul Farber Auditorium
462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

  • Crooked Beauty
    Fri, Feb 4, 1:30 pm

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery (2nd Floor)
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

  • Reel-Encounters (Short Films)
    Sat, Feb 5, 7 pm

SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Sackler Center for Arts Education
5th Ave at 89th Street
New York 10128

  • Crooked Beauty and Brain Damadj’d…Take II
    Mon, February 7, 6:30pm

JEFFERSON MARKET LIBRARY
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

  • The Last American Freak Show
    Mon, Feb 7, 6 pm

CHATHAM SQUARE LIBRARY
33 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

  • My Spectacular Theater
    Tue, Feb 8, 4:30 pm

GEORGE BRUCE LIBRARY
518 West 125th St
New York, NY 10027

  • FREE Players
  • Sat, Feb 5, 2 pm

ANDREW HEISKELL BRAILLE AND TALKING BOOK LIBRARY
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

  • Seeing with Photography
    On View Feb 3 – 8

BRONX

HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Savoy Building, 2nd Fl
120 E. Walton Ave.
Bronx, NY 10451

  • Warrior Champions
    Mon, Feb 7, 1 pm

BELMONT LIBRARY
610 E. 186th Street (at Hughes Ave.)
Bronx, NY 10458

  • FREE Players
    Mon, Feb 7, 4 pm

QUEENS

CENTRAL QUEENS Y
67-09 108th Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375

  • Anita
    Tue, Feb 8, 1pm
  • Warrior Champions
    Tue, Feb 8, 7pm

BROOKLYN

NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
25 Chapel Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

  • Crooked Beauty and Wandering Eyes
    Fri, Feb 4, 6pm
  • Anita
    Mon, Feb 7, 6pm

STATEN ISLAND

JCC OF STATEN ISLAND
Joan and Allan Bernikow Building
1466 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314

  • Brain Damadj’d…Take II
    Sat, Feb 5, 8 pm
  • Warrior Champions
    Sun, Feb 6, 12 pm noon
  • FLAME
    Sun, Feb 6, 3pm
  • Anita
    Mon, Feb 7, 7 pm
  • Crooked Beauty
    Wandering Eyes

    Tues, Feb 8, 7 pm

ROOSEVELT ISLAND

COLER GOLDWARTER HOSPITAL
1 Main Street , 1st Floor Auditorium
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

  • Warrior Champions
    Sat, Feb 5, 7 pm
  • Brain Damadj’d…Take II
    Mon, Feb 7, 6:30 pm

PS 217
645 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

  • Wretches and Jabberers
    Fri, Feb 4, 7 pm

WESTCHESTER

JCC ON THE HUDSON
371 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

  • Wretches and Jabberers
    Sun, Feb 6, 11 am
  • Warrior Champions
    Mon, Feb 7, 10:30 am

JCC MID-WESTCHESTER
Bendheim Theater
999 Wilmot Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

  • Crooked Beauty
    Thu, Feb 3, 1 pm
  • Warrior Champions
    Fri, Feb 4, 9:30 am
  • Diversity on Sesame Street
    Sun, Feb 6, 10:30 am
  • Wretches & Jabberers
    Tue, Feb 8, 6:30 pm

LONG ISLAND

ABILITIES!
Smeal Learning Center
201 I.U. Willets. Rd
Albertson, NY 11507

  • My Spectacular Theater
    Sat, Feb 5, 8 pm
  • Warrior Champions
    Sun, Feb 6, 2 pm
  • Wretches & Jabberers
    Mon, Feb 7, 7 pm

CINEMA ARTS CENTRE
423 Park Ave
Huntington, NY 11743

  • Wretches & Jabberers
    Sun, Feb 6, 1 pm
  • Me Too
    Sun, Feb 6, 4:15 pm

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

Reelabilities strives for inclusion of all people. Individuals needing accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by January 20.

ASL interpretation, Live Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon advance request.
All films are captioned or subtitled and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

TICKET INFORMATION
Admission varies by location. Tickets are available online. To purchase tickets by phone please contact the screening venue directly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
REELABILITIES.ORG

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