ReelAbilities Montclair is part of the largest disability film festival in the country and is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Join us next November when the festival will feature cutting edge and sometimes controversial films that challenge assumptions and promote discussion about ability and disability. For further information you can contact Kaitlin Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 973-655-7124. Watch for more information about the festival on our website, our Facebook, or follow us on twitter.
Tuesday, November 1st- Montclair State University - 8pm- University Hall room 1070
Film: The Finishers (Family Friendly Film)
To bond with his father, Julien, a 17 year old with cerebral palsy, challenges him to compete in the Ironman triathlon. (95 min.)
Short Film: Bumblebees (Family Friendly Film)
Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating. (4 min.)
Post Film Discussion Panel:
Laura OíReilly RN, leads the Easter Seals New Jersey Be Well! & Thrive Health and Wellness programs for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Joan Vidra is co- founder of the Bergen County chapter of Achilles, veteran marathoner.
Wednesday, November 2nd- Montclair State University - 6:30pm - Leshowitz Recital Hall in John J. Cali School of Music
Film: Margarita with a Straw (CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT, LANGUAGE AND IMAGES; Ages 18+ ONLY)
Funky, coming of age tale of Laila, a Pujabi teen, aspiring writer and secret wheelchair rebel with cerebral palsy, who leaves India for NY to attend NYU. Bold and brave portrait of love, identity and sexuality.(140 min)
Post Film Discussion Panel: Broadway Actress Ali Stroker (http://www.alistroker.com/)
Ali Stroker is the first actress in a wheelchair to be on Broadway. She recently played the role of Anna in the revival of Spring Awakening. Ali was a finalist on season two of The Glee Project and then played Artie’s love interest on GLEE. Her performance in the role of Olive in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned Ali a Barrymore Award nomination. She is a graduate of New York University and the first person in a wheelchair to graduate from Tisch’s drama program. She is an advocate for people with different abilities and believes any limitation can be an opportunity. www.alistroker.com
Thursday, November 3rd- Montclair State University - 7:45pm - University Hall room 1070
Film: No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie (Family Friendly Film)
A deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, influences a deaf boy to redefine what "being normal" means.
Post Film Performance/Discussion: NO Limits presents Silent NO MORE with Kathy Buckley
No Limits for deaf children presents Silent NO MORE. In this theatrical documentary, individuals showcase their experiences of growing up with a hearing loss. This intimate evening wraps up with a Q&A between the audience and cast.
The first female comedienne with a hearing loss, Kathy Buckley shares her unique life experiences, inspires laughter, breaks down barriers, and empowers changes in her performance in Silent NO MORE
UPDATES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by October 15. CART and ASL will be available for all showings at MSU. CART services funded by NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.