The Film Society and Partnership Resources, Inc. present the first ever ReelAbilities: Minneapolis St. Paul Disabilities Film Festival, showcasing award-winning films by and about people with disabilities on November 1-5, 2013 in three prestigious venues.
ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in New York in 2007, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
Please note: Accessibility in St. Anthony Theatres is limited. This facility’s restrooms and theatres do not meet current Accessibility standards. Barrier-free access is always our goal, but not always available. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
ReelAbilities Minneapolis-St. Paul Disability Film Festival, Partnership Resources, Inc.
Note: Due to an elevator malfunction, patrons seeking wheelchair accessibility can enter the St. Anthony Main Theatre from the Main Street front entrance.
AKA Doc Pomus
Canada/USA • 98 min • English • 2012 • Documentary
Directed by: William Hechter, Peter Miller
CLOSING NIGHT FILM!
After being paralyzed by polio as a child, Jerome Felder renamed himself Doc Pomus, reinventing himself first as a blues singer and then as one of American popular music’s greatest songwriters, writing classics like, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” and “Viva Las Vegas.” AKA Doc Pomus brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey.
Argentina • 104 min • Spanish w/English subtitles • 2009 • Narrative
Directed by: Marcos Carnevale
Anita, a young woman with Down syndrome, gets separated from her mother after a bomb explodes at their Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. As she wanders the city searching for her mom–alone for the first time ever–she discovers an inner strength few could have expected.
Belgium • 93 min • Flemish w/English subtitles • 2007 • Narrative
Directed by: Nic Balthazar
Ben lives in a universe unto itself. He hides from his harsh reality of school, being bullied, and awkward social interactions by escaping into his favorite online computer game, Archlord, where he is safe, strong, and in control of his surroundings. In this remarkable drama, Ben devises a plan to leave his reality and to become the hero he dreams of being.
Come As You Are
Belgium • 115 min • Dutch, French, Spanish w/English subtitles • 2011 • Narrative
Directed by: Geoffrey Enthoven
A quirky road movie about three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. These buddies enjoy the finer things in life, including wine and song; the only thing missing is the touch of a women. Isolated by their disabilities and cared for by their parents at home, they convince their families they need to go to Spain on a “wine tour” but this is a cover for their true destination—a Spanish brothel that caters to men with disabilities.
Danny Woodburn's Actor Workshops
At the Guthrie Theatre
Danny Woodburn has acted in scores of films and TV shows. On Sunday, November 3, he will conduct an actor’s workshop at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis at 2:30pm. Space is limited.
Note: the 11:00am workshop has been merged with the 2:30pm workshop.
China • 96 min • Mandarin w/English subtitles • 2010 • Narrative
Directed by: Xiao Lu Xue
Jet Li, in his first dramatic role, stars in this moving story of a father’s tireless love for his autistic son and his attempt to teach his son the life skills necessary to survive on his own. A poignant tribute to parents’ infinite love for their children.
Reel Encounters Twin Cities
Various Shorts • 60 min
Directed by: Various
Nadia Nadarajah • UK • 10 min • Narrative • 2010
Romantic comedy about two single neighbors who are looking for love. Each neighbor admits to their friends that they fancy the other, but neither knows that the other is also Deaf. Throughout the day they visit the same locations, each time just missing each other. Will they ever meet?
Genevieve Clay • Australia • 17 min • Narrative • 2010
Two people with developmental disabilities navigate the challenges they are faced when their relationship is displayed in public.
Among the Giants
Cory Tomascoff • USA • 23 min • Documentary • 2009
Among the Giants tells the story of the Adaptive Design Association, a nonprofit organization located in New York City and builds customized equipment for kids and adults with disabilities, mainly using cardboard. The film portrays the organization’s mission through the compelling stories of two fascinating individuals. Among The Giants causes viewers to question what it means to solve problems, be creative and impact the community all while working with cheap and easily accessible materials.
Anything You Can Do
Emma Buckley • Australia • 7 min • Narrative • 2009
Two boys face off. But when the stakes are at their highest will victory be sweet?
Michelle Vargas • USA • 3 min • Narrative • 2009
It should be like any other tap dance audition. Mary’s been to hundreds. Everything is going great until mid-dance when her well-kept secret, is exposed.
USA • 62 min • English • 2009 • Documentary
Directed by: George Kachadorian
Shooting Beauty tells the story of fashion photographer Courtney Bent whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities. Shot over the span of a decade, this film puts you in Courtney’s shoes as she overcomes her own unspoken prejudices and begins inventing cameras accessible to her new friends. Courtney’s efforts snowball into an award-winning photography program called “Picture This”—and become the backdrop for this eye-opening story about romance, loss and laughter that will change what you thought you knew about living with a disability—and without one.
USA • 77 min • English • 2013 • Documentary
Directed by: Jacques Spitzer
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Steve Wampler in Attendance!
Steve Wampler, needs to do 20,000 pull-ups to climb the famous El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite – only 2-6 inches at a time, due to his cerebral palsy. His wife and two children cheer him on from below, along with fans who have come to support his important mission. In 2002, Steve founded a camp for kids with disabilities, and his climb will be a testament to the idea that kids with disabilities can do anything which they set their minds.
China, USA • 80 min • English • 2009 • Documentary
Directed by: Craig Renaud, Brent Renaud
Four Iraq War veterans turn the nightmares of war into Olympic dreams. After losing limbs and suffering paralysis fighting for their country in Iraq, they have set out to do what many thought impossible… but will they make the cut
Bridging War And Hope
Dir. Luke Heikkila, 23 min, USA
Minnesota has a long history of sending National Guard units to the front line. In 2011 and 2012 a group of twenty-two Minnesotans were deployed to Zabul Province in southeastern Afghanistan. The mission of their deployment was to work with local agricultural ministries to prepare them to begin to help their constituent farmers. Located in some of the poorest, most-austere surroundings imaginable the Minnesota National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team is bridging war and hope by providing opportunities to Afghan farmers that otherwise wouldn’t be available.
What would you do when faced with a life-altering injury? “Limitless” looks at how one Minnesota woman dealt with limb loss early in her life, and how she has since worked to achieve her personal goals and empower other amputees.
Click here to view the trailer.
When I Walk
USA • 85 min • English • 2013 • Documentary
Directed by: Jason DaSilva
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.
An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, When I Walk is a life-affirming film driven by a young man’s determination to survive—and to make sense of a devastating disease through the art of cinema.
Wretches & Jabbers
USA • 90 min • English • 2011 • Documentary
Directed by: Gerardine Wurzburg
Two men with autism–an accomplished artist and an activist–embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, dissecting, challenging, and reshaping public conceptions along the way.
Wretches & Jabberers will partner with the Autism Society and Area 23a to theatrically release the film nationally in April 2011 to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month.