Reelabilities Film Festival Toronto

ReelAbilities Film Festival returns to Toronto for the fourth year, May 24 – June 2, 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, and all the films will screen with open captions. All panels will have ASL and CART.

Films include CODA, a film about a dancer trying to find her place between hearing and Deaf worlds,

Wild Prairie Rose, a period piece taking place in the 1950s about a woman who returns to her rural roots in South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a Deaf man and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart, and

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 25th 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. The comedy night will have ASL.

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. This performance will have ASL.

ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

May 24 – June 2, 2019

Matinee screenings are FREE and kids tickets are FREE

Evening Screenings are $12

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.

Full Schedule Available April 25 at www.reelabilities.org/toronto


The 4th Annual
ReelAbilities Film Festival
Announces 2019 Programming
Jess Thom, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, and more

ReelAbilities Film Festival returns to Toronto for the fourth year in a row, May 24 – June 2, 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 ofTouretteshero: Me, My, Mouth and I!

The feature, short and documentary films at ReelAbilities Film Festival cover a wide variety of topics and issues including: Muhi: Generally Temporary, a doc following a boy from Gaza living in an Israeli hospital; Shakespeare in Tokyoa narrative film about a man with Down syndrome who embarks on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo; Refuge in the Rockies, a short doc about young Columbian refugee and Para-alpine ski champ Anderson Losada; andWild Prairie Rose, a period piece taking place in the 1950s about a woman who returns to her rural roots in South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a Deaf man and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart.

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” Patuellion 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.

ReelAbilities Film Festival was established in New York in 2007. In 2016, it crossed the border into Canada as ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto, making it the first international chapter of the Festival.
ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto
May 24 – June 2, 2019

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.

Full Schedule Available Now at www.reelabilities.org/toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

• All festival venues are wheelchair accessible and companion seating is available

• All films will screen with open captioning and/or subtitles

• American Sign Language interpreters will be present at select screenings and panels

• There is no charge for Support People

• Service animals are welcome

• Several of the films have audio description with Phonic Ear Assistive Listening Devices available

• A scent-free policy will be in effect

• All screenings will be sensory friendly
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Media Contact: Damien Nelson, damien@wantandable.ca

The following artists will be in attendance and are available for interviews: Jess Thom from Me, My Mouth and IAdam Cohoon and Fotis Kanteres from Barrier FreeSpencer Mackay from Same Nightmare, and Kaio Kathriner and Matt Drake from Refuge in the Rockies.

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