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ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

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New York Public Library is once again proud to partner with ReelAbilities, offering opportunities to see recent, high-quality films promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with differing abilities.

If you search for disability-themed film festivals, you can easily find several throughout the United States and the world. Each has its unique personality and approach; all beckon filmgoers enticingly...

But ReelAbilities stands apart.

Since its New York City debut in 2008 it has not only greatly increased the number of films shown and participating venues in NYC but has been expanding its national reach, now offering a National Program in 12 locations throughout the U.S. in addition to New York.

I've attended other film festivals, but none has both touched my heart and opened my mind as has ReelAbilities.

Mid-Manhattan Library will host several films in the first floor Corner Room:

Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Six Points About Emma/Seis Puntos Sobre Emma, with discussion afterwards led by Iris Rosen, LCSW-R. The film's director, Roberto Perez Toledo, will also be present.

Monday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Imagine, with discussion led by sound artist and designer Charlie Morrow.

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes, with discussion led by the producer of the film, Peter Kropenin. 

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building hosts two short film series in the Berger Forum (Room 227):

Friday, March 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Flying Anne/Be My Brother/Autism in Love/Beautiful/Jazz Hand
These films, which touch upon Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, autism and more, will be followed by a discussion led by Susan Dooha, Executive Director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York. Mary Archbold, featured in Jazz Hand, will also be present. 

Friday, March 8, 2:30-4:00 p.m.,
Coming Home/Departure Lounge. These deaf-themed short films will be followed by a discussion led by actor/choreographer Alexandria Wailes. The discussion will be in A.S.L. (American Sign Language) with voice interpretation.

In addition, several branch libraries are screening films or hosting special programs:

Thursday, March 7, Bronx Library Center: AKA Doc Pomus

Thursday, March 7, St. Agnes Branch: Wampler's Ascent

Saturday, March 9, Chatham Square Branch: The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes

Saturday, March 9, Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library: AKA Doc Pomus

Monday, March 11, 115th Street Library: Somewhere, with Heidi Latsky Dance Group

Tuesday, March 12, Countee Cullen Library: Still Standing, with Anita Hollander

All these events are free. All films will be captioned. No reservation needed: first come, first served!

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