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The ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films, accompanied by discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

This year's festival will take place February 6-10. See below for this year's films!

ReelAbilities Film Festival 2019 - An Anxious Woman: Performance by Erin Mahone & Film Short

Film Short: Crooked Beauty Ken Paul Rosenthal | 30 min | Documentary | USA

In her newest show, Erin Mahone tackles the real and often hilarious truth of living with anxiety and depression. This honest take on her own mental health journey gives audiences a deeper look into the mind of someone showing up every day (whether she wants to or not). As she sits trapped in a bathroom stall avoiding an anxiety provoking situation, Erin ponders the myriad ways in which her mental health creates barriers and equally beautiful revelations, interactions, and opportunities.

Opening night post-event reception sponsored by Ann Weinberg and Jerry Director.

The 8th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will run February 6 – 10 at the Weinstein JCC.

ReelAbilities Film Festival 2019 - A Whole Lott More

90 minutes | Documentary | USA

For decades Lott Industries competed successfully for auto industry contracts, employing 1200 workers with disabilities. With the collapse of the industry in neighboring Detroit, Lott struggled to keep its doors open. A Whole Lott More looks at the impact of Lott’s struggles and examines the wider world of employment options for those with disabilities. The film focuses on three individuals, each with a different disability and attitude towards work. It showcases their incredible resilience and makes the case for greater employment opportunities for all.

The 8th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will run February 6 – 10 at the Weinstein JCC.

ReelAbilities Film Festival 2019 - Sanctuary

87 minutes | Comedy | Ireland 

Larry has Downs and Sophie has severe epilepsy. They are attracted to each other and, with the help of care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip. What do they do once they are there? How do they express a love that dare not speak its name? Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law? Hilarious and heart-breaking, Sanctuary is truly a piece of subversive cinema about two young people trying to be together in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

The 8th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will run February 6 – 10 at the Weinstein JCC.

Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project Encore Performance

Kesem, a theatre education initiative for adults ages 22 and up is generously supported by Ken and Karen Olshansky and provides a comprehensive theatre education experience from process to performance. The Weinstein JCC has compiled a qualified team of professionals to develop a program that will meet the needs of individuals with disabilities while providing a deep and meaningful experience for every participant.

This year’s Kesem encore performance will present an original script conceived by all of the participants and inspired by the poetry of Mattie Stepanek, a best-selling child poet who lived with Muscular Dystrophy and passed away at the age of 13. The project will focus on concepts of self image and how we are perceived by others. Using music, poetry, theatre, and other forms of expression, participants will explore and challenge ideas of what is possible in our world.