The annual ReelAbilities Film Festival features inspiring and touching films and documentaries about autism, Alzheimers, mental illness, adaptive sports athletes and more, including featuring actors with Down syndrome, and a stand-up comedy night. There are both FREE and ticketed events.
The 10th annual Reel Abilities Film Festival is Mar 8 to 14, at more than two dozen locations in all five boroughs, as well as in neighboring Westchester, Rockland and Long Island.
In addition to screenings and panel discussions, Oscar-winning actress Marilee Maitlin is being honored for her commitment to New York’s creative community and for being an inspiration and role model to artists with different abilities.
Highlights of this year’s lineup include Mad to Be Normal, starring award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss, with David Tennant, Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon, and documentaries about an aspiring rock guitarist with cerebral palsy and WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw, who struggled with mental illness.
The event will also screen the Oscar-nominated documentary short Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405.
This trailer from last year’s festival, a love story about two young people with Downs Syndrome, is typical of the features and documentaries shown each year.
Screenings of ReelAbilities Film Fesitival 2018 are at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and at more than 30 other venues in New York City as well as on Long Island and in Westchester and Rockland Counties, making it the most geographically accessible fest in the country.
All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible. The festival also offers audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille for select events and upon advance request.
Even if you don’t live in NYC, check the website anyway, since the ReelAbilities Film Festival also occurs in Houston, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities. Use the dropdown menu to find your city.
It’s FREE, of course.