Since 2007, the ReelAbilities Film Festival has set out to spotlight the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Beginning Oct. 22nd, JFilm will bring the New York-based event to Pittsburgh, and with it four documentary and narrative stories about the challenges people face everyday. See schedule and film descriptions below:
From the early days of silent films to present day, from Chaplin to X-Men,disability portrayals are ever changing. This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview filmmakers, studio executives, film historians, and celebrities, and by utilizing vivid clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to focus attention on the powerful impact that the media can have on society. CinemAbility screens at 7 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation.
Touch of the Light
Blind pianist Huang Yu-Siang plays himself in this Taiwanese Oscar-contender about a blind piano prodigy from rural Taiwan and his relationship with Xiao Jie (Sandrine Pinna), a young woman who dreams of becoming a dancer despite enormous challenges. In Taiwanese with English subtitles. Touch of the Light screens at 1 p.m. at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) in Bakery Square.
Come As You Are
Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. Josef is blind, Philip is paralyzed from the neck down, and Lars is in a wheelchair with a brain tumor, but they’re not going to let anything stand in their way. Come As You Are screens at 7:30 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
When Ricky, a 13-year-old Mexican-American boy with autism, runs away from his immigrant family on the fringes of New York City, he embarks on an odyssey that forces his splintered family to reconcile their differences. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors screens at 7 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation.
Tickets for CinemAbility are $20, $10 for students. All other films are $10, $5 for students. Tickets are available for purchase on the JFilm website.