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ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia

Thank you for making our 6th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia a success. We were honored to our nine-day festival at six venues as well as our eight pre-festival events during Jewish Disabilities Inclusion and Awareness Month. These programs welcomed 670+ attendees.

Save the date for our 7th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia - March 9-16, 2019!

 

 

About ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia

ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities. ReelAbilities events have been held in over a dozen cities in North America and Canada.

The Northern Virginia ReelAbilities Film Festival, powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, launched in 2011. Run out of the J’s Cultural Arts Department, in collaboration with the J’s Special Needs Department, the week-long Festival offers special programming that goes beyond film. Engaging programs, in addition to thought-provoking film, bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

 

Accessibility

ReelAbilities strives for inclusion and offers many accommodations. All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible. We also offer audio description, open captions, and ASL interpretation for select events upon advance request. 

 

 

Partnerships & Sponsorships

The Northern Virginia ReelAbilities Film Festival thrives through its partnerships with individuals and local organizations.  These partners help get screenings in an array of venues, maximize festival participation, increase outreach, and garner media coverage.

Show your support of this remarkable disability awareness program by joining the ReelAbilities Film Festival Family! Bring a group, volunteer at the films, or start a conversation about sponsorship opportunities. 

Learn more about ways to partner with us!

We’d like to thank the following generous ReelAbilities Partners for helping to make this festival possible (as of 1/4/2018):

Platinum Donor

Gold Donor

Silver Donors

Bronze Donors:

Andrew and Susan Baldwin

 

We’d like to thank the following ReelAbilities promotional partners for helping to make this festival possible (as of 1/25/2018):

     
       

We’d like to thank the following ReelAbilities venue sponsors:

     

 

 

Festival Lineup & Tickets

In partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia is hosting special screenings during February during Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Join one of the these events

FESTIVAL PASS:
(Includes admission to all ticketed events. See below for event tickets and details.)
J Members & 65+………… $55
General Admission………. $65

 

Opening Night
Saturday, March 10 | 7:30pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia           
8900 Little River Turnpike     
Fairfax, VA 22031

Aftermath

Dir. Zac Titus/ 6 min/ USA/ English  
A glimpse at the struggle of an American Veteran of War at a time in which the Veteran suicide rate in America is staggering.
Accessibility: Open Captions, Audio Description

 

American Veteran

Dir. Julie Cohen/ 75 min/ USA/ English
Sgt. Nick Mendes was paralyzed from the neck down by an IED and suffers from PTSD. The film follows Nick’s journey over the course of 5 years, sharing his sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life. Watch trailer.

Prices:
J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15
Buy tickets here

 

Following the film: Q & A with 'American Veteran' filmmaker Julie Cohen. Opening Night reception to follow! 

 

Night 2
Sunday, March 11, 2018 

How Sweet the Sound- The Blind Boys of Alabama
3pm
Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191

Dir. Leslie McCleave/ 89 min/ USA/ English 
Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama have had a remarkable career—since meeting at a vocational institute for the blind, they have toured for seven decades, amassing five Grammy Awards and international acclaim. Watch trailer.
Accessibility: Open Captions, Audio Description
Get tickets here

Following the film: Q & A with filmmaker Leslie McCleave!

Carte Blanche
7pm
Cinema Arts Theatre     
9650-14 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031

Dir. Jacek Lusinski/ 106 min/ Poland/ Polish
Inspired by an incredible true story, this feel-good movie about a high school history teacher who – fearing he might lose his job and his dignity – hides the fact that he’s losing his sight. Watch trailer
Accessibility: Open Captions, Audio Description
Get tickets here

 

Night 3
Monday, March 12, 2018 | 6pm
PHILLIPS School, Annandale
7010 Braddock Road        
Annandale, VA 22003

My Feral Heart

Dir. Jane Gull/ 83 min/ UK/ English
Sudden bereavement throws Luke, an independent young man with Down Syndrome, into a care home, where his frustration finds release in unexpected friendships and long-buried secrets. Watch trailer
Accessibility: Open Captions
Get tickets here


Following the film: Betsy Schatz from Langley Residential Support Services will moderate a panel discussion with Piper Phillips Caswell from Phillips Programs, Rikki Epstein from The Arc of Northern Virginia, Wendy Baird from Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Lorna Ballard from Community Residences and Loretta Morris Williams, Esq.,from Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC.

 

Night 4
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 7:30pm
1st Stage                           
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102 

Presented by the Law Office of Michel D. Toobin, P.C.

 

The Rebound

Dir. Shaina Allen/ 65 min/ USA/ English
Follow the journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their unwavering quest for a national championship. The story is a testament to our innate ability to work together despite challenges. Watch trailer.

Accessibility: Open Captions, Audio Description
Get tickets here

 

Night 5 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia           
8900 Little River Turnpike     
Fairfax, VA 22031

Presented by Belkowitz Law, PLLC

 

The Battle (Short)

Dir. Sophie Hexter and Poppy Walker/ 3 min/ Australia/ English
Kayah Guenther is a young artist  born with trisomy 21, he narrates his struggle to find his place in the world through dance.
Accessibility: Open Captions, Audio Description

 

Nise: The Heart of Madness

Dir. Roberto Berliner/ 108 min/ Brazil/ Portuguese
A psychiatrist refusing to employ electroshock therapy initiates an art therapy revolution, confronting Brazil’s mental health establishment. Based on a true story. Watch trailer.
Accessibility: Open Captions

Buy tickets here

Artwork made by artists working with Art Enables and Spinaweb will be available for sale in the lobby prior to and following the film.

Following the film: Post show discussion.
Moderator: Lauren Appelbaum,Communications Director of RespectAbilityUSA and guests Naomi Bartakke, LCSW, Community Support Specialist at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute and Tony Brunswick, Executive Director of Art Enables, and Debra Vermillion of Spinaweb. 

 

Night 6 | Night of Shorts
Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 6:30pm
Temple Rodef Shalom         
2100 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church, VA 22043

Anna

Dir. Harriet Marie/ 9 min/ New Zealand/ English
Anna's routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus.
Accessibility: Open Captions

 

 

 

 

Children of God

Dir. Ahmed Yassin/ 10 min/ Iraq/ Arabic
A young amputee bets his prized series of football posters on the girl’s team winning a football match to gain the affections of his crush, their goalkeeper.  
Accessibility: Open Captions

 

Anyone Like Me 

Dir Mimi d'Autremont/ 26 min/ USA/ English
Shelby Bean's world changed when he was recruited to play football for Gallaudet University - home of the only deaf collegiate team. This is his story.  

 

Beneath the Surface  

Dir. Frederick Kroetsch and Kurt Spenrath/ 18 min/ Canada/ English
Daniel Ennett attempts to become the first scuba certified quadruple amputee. And then the sharks show up.

 

Creative Spark

Dir. Adam Lynch and Lauren Castillo/ 6 min/ Australia/ English
A peek into the creative world of artists residing at QArt Studio in Melbourne, Australia, where disability is a unique advantage.
Accessibility: English subtitles, Audio Description

 

Get tickets here

Following the films: Q & A: Filmmaker of 'Anyone Like Me,' Mimi d'Autremont AND Gallaudet University Football Coach, Shelby Bean!

 

Night 7
Friday, March 16, 2018 | 2:30pm
Cinema Arts Theatre     
9650-14 Main Street Fairfax,
VA 22031

At Eye Level  
Special post-show speaker: Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, author of Little Gate Crasher. In partnership with Jewish Book Council. 

Dir. Joachim Dollhopf and Evi Goldbrunner/ 100 min/  Germany/ German
When 11-year-old Michi finds his estranged father’s address, he can’t believe his luck. But when he meets his father, Tom, and discovers he has dwarfism, Michi and Tom are forced to confront both disability and fatherhood head on. Watch trailer.
Accessibility: Open Captions 
Get tickets here

Following the film: Special post-show speaker: Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, director of "Whole Community Inclusion" at Jewish Learning Venture and author of "Little Gate Crasher." She will discuss the remarkable life of her great uncle, Mace Bugen: 43 inches tall, self-made millionaire, and a pillar in his Jewish community, and how his unique cunning and progressive family gave him the confidence to lead a charmed life.

In partnership with Jewish Book Council.

 

 

Night 8 | SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING
Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 1pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike     
Fairfax, VA 22031

Presented by The Washington Group Special Care Planning Team

Moana
 
Dir. Ron Clements & John Musker/  107 min/ USA/ English/ 2016
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Watch trailer.
Accessibility: This is a sensory friendly screening: lights up, sound down. Feel free to bring a pillow, relax, and enjoy! 
Tickets are free, please RSVP to Carey at: calford@financialguide.com or 703.865.6502

 

 

Night 9
Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 7:30pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia           
8900 Little River Turnpike     
Fairfax, VA 22031

Ain't No Mountain

Dir. Ran Moncaz/ 60 min/ Israel/ English, Hebrew
The largest-ever expedition of climbers with disabilities attempts to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Watch trailer.
Accessibility: English subtitles 
Get tickets here

Following the film: Join a conversation with Hadar Golan, Temple Rodef Shalom’s shlicha, and Andrew Baldwin, long-time needs educator and advocate. The two will discuss growing up in Israel, serving in the IDF, and following the Israeli tradition and passion of travel with a disability.

Discussion will be followed by our closing night reception.

 

 

For more information visit northernva.reelabilities.org.

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Arts & Culture

Contact Us

Cultural Arts Director
Sarah M. Berry
703.537.3075
Sarah.Berry@jccnv.org

Cultural Arts Coordinator
Sharon King
703.537.3076
Sharon.King@jccnv.org

For Inquiries

703.537.3000

 

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