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ReelAbilities Film Festival – Official Speakers and Panelists Announced!

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS INCLUDING HONOREES VICTOR CALISE AND LAUREN RIDLOFF, JIM LEBRECHT, STEVE WAY, AND MORE!

NEW YORK (April 1, 2022) – The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is proud to announce a selection of exclusive speakers and events to accompany its 14th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival programming, running April 7–13, 2022.

Highlights include special LIVE post-screening conversations, presented by Pfizer, with featured festival filmmakers Marc Schiller (No Bone: Scars of Survival), Grace Fisher (Amazing Grace), Kelsey Peterson (Move Me); Opening Night Honoree Victor Calise (Former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities); and Closing Night Spotlight Honoree Lauren Ridloff (The Eternals, The Walking Dead, Sound of Metal).

For the first time, ReelAbilities is holding a Film and Television Accessibility Summit on April 11–12, for two days of sessions discussing all things film and accessibility. Serving as a hivemind for industry exhibitors, distributors, and Disabled creators, the summit will discuss accessibility as a creative asset at all phases, development through exhibition, and explore beyond the basics into progressive best practices. Available both in person and virtually provided by Eventive. For more information, visit: reelabilities.org/reelabilities-accessibility-summit-2022/

Industry leaders, including Disabled creatives, will share knowledge and experience providing participants with the tools to elevate accessibility and open pathways to deeper inclusion.

Standout Accessibility Summit speakers include Festival Closing Night Spotlight Honoree Lauren Ridloff, Steve Way (Ramy), Jim Lebrecht (Crip Camp)Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld), Larry Guterman (Director, Cats and Dogs) and key executives from WOCUEventiveLCAADA Lead OnRespectabilitySAG-AFTRAMiFilmNBC UniversalWarner MediaAppleTV+AMC Networks, and Sundance.

The 14th annual festival runs from April 7th through April 13th. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at reelabilities.org/newyork/.

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the U.S. dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Founded by the MMJCCM in New York City in 2007, the festival presents international and award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout New York and then travels internationally to cities across the U.S. and the world. 

The 14th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York will be a hybrid festival with all screenings available in-person and virtually. All films will be followed by Q+As with filmmakers and experts.

The 14th Annual HYBRID ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

All films stream virtually April 7-13, 2022. Click here to buy virtual tickets. In-person screenings and events at multiple venues throughout the NYC Metro Area: 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

6:00 PM       VIP reception

7:00 PM       Opening Night Gala: The Specials (IAC Building) honoring former NYC                                   
Commissioner Victor Calise


Friday, April 8, 2022

5:00 PM       Me To Play – 72 min (MMJCCM)

7:30 PM       Any Given Day – 93 min (MMJCCM)

7:30 PM       Virtual Program: The Multi (Lincoln Center virtual)


Saturday, April 9, 2022

11:00 AM     Puppetry in Film Workshop (Lincoln Center virtual)

12:00 PM     Family Shorts – 58 min (MMJCCM)
A Morning with Aroha
Beautiful
Hold on to Me
FreeBird
Beat Lingo

1:00 PM       Autism Shorts recommended by Marvels of Media (MoMI)
Louis’ Shoes
A Critter Fable
Prosopagnosia
Wawel Dragon
Lockdown Tale
Nick Lightning
Being A Dog

2:00 PM       Relationship Shorts – 79 min (MMJCCM)
Signs and Gestures
Trying
Dwarfo-Psychosis
Davey’s Lullaby
The Body is a House of Familiar Rooms
Illustrating Sam Newton

4:00 PM       Out of the Box Shorts – 75 min (MMJCCM)
Borderline Coffee
My Own Landscapes
Dawn
Extra Special
6,000 Waiting
Wheels

4:00 PM       Any Given Day – 93 min (Maysles)

6:30 PM       Amazing Grace – 55 min (MMJCCM)

7:30 PM       imperfect – 78 min (Lincoln Center Atrium)

8:30 PM       The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic (81 min) (MMJCCM)

Sunday, April 10, 2022

11:00 AM      Storytelling in Film Workshop (Lincoln Center virtual)

12:00 PM     Autism Shorts: Special Recommendation by Marvels of Media – 62 min
(MMJCCM)
Louis’ Shoes
A Critter Fable
Prosopagnosia
Wawel Dragon
Lockdown Tale
Nick Lightning

2:00 PM       Poppy – 98 min (MMJCCM)

4:30 PM       Only I Can Hear Deaf Shorts -102 min (MMJCCM)
See Through
Aimee Victoria
Silent World
The Multi
Only I Can Hear – 55 min

7:00 PM       The Other Tom – 111 min (MMJCCM)


Monday, April 11, 2022

1:00 – 5:00 PM ReelAbilities Accessibility Summit – Day 1 (MMJCCM)

6:00 PM       Here. Is. Better. – 95 min (MMJCCM)

8:30 PM       No Bone: Scars of Survival – 90 min (MMJCCM)


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

1:00 – 5:00 PM ReelAbilities Accessibility Summit – Day 2 (MMJCCM)

6:00 PM       Spectacular Falls (MMJCCM)

6:00 PM       Here. Is. Better (Intrepid)

8:00 PM       Move Me – 82 min (MMJCCM)


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

5:00 PM       Panel Discussion (MMJCCM)

7:00 PM       Closing Night: imperfect – 78 min (MMJCCM)

VENUES

MANHATTAN

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (MMJCCM) – MAIN VENUE
334 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
646.505.5708
[email protected]

IAC Building (IAC)
555 W 18th St.
New York, NY 10011 [email protected]
Thu, April 7, 2022, 7:00 PM – Opening Night Gala: The Specials

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Intrepid)
One Intrepid Square
(W 46th St. + 12th Ave)
New York, NY 10036
646.381.5158
[email protected]
Tue, April 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – Here. Is. Better (Intrepid)

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – Atrium (Lincoln Center)
61 W 62nd St.
New York, NY 10023 [email protected]
Friday, April 8, 2022, 7:30 PM – Virtual Program: The Multi (Lincoln Center virtual)
Sat, April 9, 2022, 11:00 AM – Puppetry in Film Workshop (Lincoln Center virtual)
Sat, April 9, 2022, 7:30 PM – imperfect – 78 min (Lincoln Center Atrium)
Sun, April 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – Storytelling in Film Workshop (Lincoln Center virtual)

Maysles Documentary Center (Maysles)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
646.853.1296
[email protected]
Sat, April 9, 2022, 4:00 PM – Any Given Day – 93 min (Maysles)

QUEENS
Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI)
36-01 35th Ave (at 37th St.)
Astoria, NY 11106
718.990.2631
[email protected]
Sat, April 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – Autism Shorts recommended by Marvels of Media (MoMI)

Kelsey Peterson in MOVE ME Submerged Film
Kelsey Peterson in MOVE ME / Submerged Film
WHO

About ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Founded in New York in 2007 by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout the city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring communities together to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

The New York festival is the launching pad for an international program and its selections run satellite ReelAbilities festivals in over 20 cities worldwide. Learn more at ny.reelabilities.org.

ReelAbilities encourages inclusive language that acknowledges people's personal preferences.

We support:
- Person-first language (a person with a disability, not a disabled person).
- Asking people for their preferences and if they require assistance.
- Creating an inclusive environment welcoming to people with and without disabilities.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE:
ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people. All films are screened with open captions and all venues are wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon advance request. Individuals needing accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly at least two weeks in advance of the event.

About the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Together with its community, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape. Located on 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the JCC is a vibrant non-profit community center on the Upper West Side. It also presents a robust slate of virtual programming, serving an even wider community. The JCC serves over 55,000 people annually through 1,200 programs each season that educate, inspire, and transform participants' minds, bodies, and spirits. Throughout COVID-19, the JCC has pivoted to meet the community online, exceeding 102,000 registrations to over 3,000 virtual classes and programs in the earliest part of the pandemic. Since its inception, the JCC has been committed to serving the community by offering programs, classes, and events that extend beyond neighborhood boundaries, reaching people at all stages of their lives. Learn more at mmjccm.org

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