2019, showcasing Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. ReelAbilities Film Festival will also include filmmaker Q&As, dance performances, workshops and an Accessible Comedy Night.
ReelAbilities Film Festival will screen over 20 films including Dan Habib’s Intelligent Lives at the opening night gala on Wednesday, May 29, and Sophie Robinson’s Me, My, Mouth and I at the closing night gala on Saturday, June 2. Intelligent Lives is a feature length documentary about three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Touretteshero: Me, My, Mouth and I is a funny and unpredictable documentary about Jess Thom’s journey into Beckett’s play Not I to reconsider issues of disability, representation and social exclusion. Jess Thom will be in attendance at the screening of Touretteshero: Me, My, Mouth and I!
On Saturday, May 25 ReelAbilities will present a night of stand-up, storytelling, clown, musical comedy, and more, celebrating Deaf and Disability comedy at Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre. Hosted by Ophira Calof (Generally Hospital), the Comedy Night will includes performances by Sage Lovell (Deafening Darkness), Michael McCreary Aspie Comic (JFL42 Showcase; Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic), Desirée Walsh (The New Normal), Rosani Christy (SHADE Toronto), Jason Goldberg and more. On Sunday, May 26 at Al Green Theatre, ReelAbilities will host a relaxed performance by PushPULL Dance. PushPULL Dance is a company of inclusive, non-professional dancers from different backgrounds, who create shows that embody a variety of dance styles. ReelAbilities will also present workshops including: Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli on May 28; Accessible Media Inc on June 1 about incorporating audio description into the filmmaking process; and a Film Critics Panel with Michael McNeely (The Buzz Mag), Shay Erlich, Angelo Muredda (Cinema Scope) and Linda Luarasi on June 2.
Who is it for?
Matinee screenings are FREE
Evening Screenings are $12 – $30
Discounted ticket prices are available for seniors, post-secondary students and those experiencing financial barriers. Screenings are free for support persons and students up to Grade 12
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:May 24 to June 2, 2019
Venue: The Festival is taking place in various locations.
Public transport accessible