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ReelAbilities Film Festival Los Angeles 2019

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Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

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ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2019 is a three-day festival that showcases new and classic films, conversations, and artistic programs, and that explores, embraces, and celebrates the diversity of our shared human experience. All films are presented with full audio description and closed captioning. We will work together with the public (irrespective of ability) to gain a greater appreciation of quality film across abilities.
Sign Language and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will also be provided throughout the screenings and panels.

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Attendees must purchase their ticket(s) no later than 12 hours before their screening to guarantee a free parking pass. Your parking pass will be emailed to you no later than 6 hours before your ticketed event time.
All-Day parking will be provided with online purchase of any screening for that day. Parking for all three days will be provided with purchase of an All-Access Pass.
You may also purchase your own parking at Universal CityWalk's day or night time rates. Please note film festivals such as RAFFLA are not eligible for Universal CityWalk's "$5 Movie Parking" rate.
Due to the Holiday weekend, please allow for extra time for parking.

All Access Pass

Purchase an All-Access Pass for entry to all events! The All-Access Pass includes entry to the opening night Gala Event of The Peanut Butter Falcon, all 7 screenings on Saturday and Sunday, both panels, the opening night and closing night parties, and free parking for all three days: A $190.00 value!

Purchase an All-Access pass and enjoy the total Festival Experience.
Your All-Access pass will be available for pick-up at will call at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood on Friday evening, October 25th and then throughout the weekend. Please purchase your pass by clicking the green TICKETS button and bring your printed Eventbrite ticket or your confirmation via your smartphone, tablet, or other portable electronic device.

Friday, October 25 - Opening Night: Private Gala Screening - Invitation Only

7:00 PM

With special surprise guests in attendance!

USA/2019/93 mins/English
Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey. (Down syndrome)

(Invitation only: Promo code required)

Saturday, October 26:

11 AM Shorts Showcase 1

This series highlights a selection of disability films from around the world.


Argentina/2017/10 min/Spanish
Directed by: Abel Goldfarb
Ian uses a wheelchair. All he wants is to make friends, but discrimination keeps him away from the playground. (Wheelchair user)


Australia/2018/21 min/English
Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith
A Shakespeare fan with Down syndrome sets off on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo and to prove his independence. (Down syndrome)


USA/2018/14 min/English
Directed by Jason Dasilva
Filmmaker Jason DaSilva presents a healthcare crisis as he tries to be closer to his son who lives 2,000 miles away. (multiple disabilities)


Israel/2018/25 min/Hebrew
Directed by Yuval Shafferman
Three roommates in their twenties, all on the autism spectrum, share an apartment while learning to contend with the world around them. (autism)


USA/2019/22 min/English
Directed by Erika Davis-Marsh
A young dancer struggles with her identity and growing up hearing in a deaf family. (deafness)

1:30 PM


USA/2017/93 min/English
Directed by Kevin Hines and Greg Dicharry
At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms that led him to attempt suicide, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. (Mental health)

3:30 PM


I'll Go On: Mental Health, Disability & Resiliency

Mental health illnesses are common in the United States, yet many people are not receiving services. This panel will examine why so many people are affected by mental health illnesses, why there is so much stigma and the connection between mental health and resiliency. It will also shed light on the connection between the mental health community and the disability community.

6:30 PM


Ireland/2017/92 min/English
Directed by Nick Kelly
Gabriel is a drummer in a promising band, desperate to hide his bipolar diagnosis from his exasperated band mates. At a therapeutic mixed-ability soccer game he’s obliged to attend, Gabriel meets Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, and the two are forced to “make friends.” (Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder)

9 PM


USA/1932/64 min/English
Directed by Tod Browning
In this strange, unforgettable masterpiece of early American cinema, a circus' beautiful trapeze artist plots with her strongman lover to steal the fortune of a fellow sideshow performer, a good-natured little person, by agreeing to marry him. Things take a turn for the genuinely horrific when their nefarious plot is discovered by the other “freaks” and they take violent revenge. Based on the true-life experiences of circus sideshow performers of the 1930s, Tod Browning’s once-banned tale of murder and madness under the big top has gone from being critically reviled and misunderstood - much like its subjects - to taking its rightful and raging place as a seminal pop culture provocation, influencing everything from seventies punks on the Bowery to “American Horror Story” in the living room. (Multiple disabilities)

Sunday, October 27:

11 AM Shorts Showcase 2
Created by Nic Novicki and sponsored by Easterseals, the film challenge invites participants to make a film over a single weekend "that helps change the way the world defines and views disability." The winners of this year's challenge will be screened.


USA/2019/5 min/English
Directed by Harald Zwart
A teenage girl living in a post-apocalyptic world struggles with the new reality she lives in, along with unreasonable parents. (Amputee)


Directed by Carl Hansen
A man struggles to reveal to his girlfriend that he's been dating her through his robot. (Multiple disabilities)


USA/2019/5 min/English
Directed by Catriona Rubenis-Stevens and Rachel Handler
Inception meets Groundhog Day as Alice's friends begin to disappear and she must choose between constantly reliving the same nightmare, or vanishing into the unknown. (Amputee)


USA/2019/5 min/English
Directed by Shaina Kaur Ghuraya
In the near future, artificially intelligent robots, otherwise known as human helpers, are a regular part of life. However, they're not very inclusive. Dr. Rachel Hubbert and her assistant Tony have made it their mission to make them not ableist. (Wheelchair user)

1:00 PM


Disability Authenticity on Screen: Why People with Disabilities Should be Seen in Authentic and Non-Descript Roles

This provocative discussion will focus on why authentic representation of people with disabilities in film and television is socially and financially significant. It will also look at the importance of non-descript roles on screen (both big and small) and why actors with disabilities should have the opportunities afforded to those in the non-disabled community.

3:00 PM

With Director Amanda Lukoff in person!

Directed by Amanda Lukoff
A purposeful look into the long-reaching history and lasting implications of the word “retard(ed)” and current attitudes and perceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the personal narrative of four sibling stories and the first-person accounts of self-advocates, we get an intimate and nuanced perspective of the challenges and triumphs of people living with an intellectual disability. The R-Word is an unflinching, heartwarming, humorous, and hopeful journey through our shared human experience. (Down syndrome)

5:00 PM


USA/2019/91 min/English
Directed by Aaron Schimberg
Concerning the on- and off-screen relationship between a beautiful actress (Jess Weixler) and her leading man (Adam Pearson), an actor living with a severe facial difference, CHAINED FOR LIFE is a spiritual cousin to the likes of Tod Browning, Werner Herzog, and David Lynch, weaving a hypnotic and surreal depiction of art and identity that challenges our preconceived notions of appearances and how film images influence the way we think and feel about those who are “other”. (Facial difference).

The City of Los Angeles will provide reasonable accommodation(s) to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and facilities for people with disabilities. To make a request, please contact ReelAbilities Film Festival Los Angeles at reelabilitiesla@lacity.org or (213) 202-2749, five or more working days in advance.

Please note that photography and filming may be taken throughout ReelAbilities Film Festival Los Angeles 2019. These will be used by the ReelAbilities Los Angeles for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication, and for archival purposes.


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