Marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this year’s ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival carries a special significance.
The annual event promotes the awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival, presented by JCC Manhattan, has drawn a steady following within and beyond the film community, with past guests including Sigourney Weaver, Mat Fraser and Danny Woodburn. Every film screening is followed by a conversation, which engages the wider community with the ideas being presented on-screen.
This year, "The Voice" contestant Blessing Offor will kick things off with an opening night performance before a screening of "The Finishers," a film from director Nils Tavernier which will be followed by a Q&A with the director and Professor Annette Insdorf. Later, Rory Culkin will be on hand to discuss his acclaimed performance in the movie "Gabriel."
In commemoration of the ADA, New York City’s path to disability rights will be discussed in a panel event with historian Warren Shaw and Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. And on the festival’s closing night, RJ Mitte, best known as Walter Jr. in "Breaking Bad," will give a brief talk before the start of a special comedy event.
Featuring over 50 guests in 37 locations throughout New York City, the seventh annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival will run from March 12-18. For a list of events and locations, click here.