New York City welcomes The 14th Annual HYBRID ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, running from April 7th – 13th, 2022 in multiple venues, accessible in-person or virtually. The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Highlights include special LIVE post-screening conversations, presented by Pfizer, with featured festival filmmakers Marc Schiller (No Bone: Scars of Survival), Grace Fisher (Amazing Grace), Kelsey Peterson (Move Me); Opening Night Honoree Victor Calise (Former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities); and Closing Night Spotlight Honoree Lauren Ridloff (The Eternals, The Walking Dead, Sound of Metal). For a full schedule of screenings, and to purchase tickets, visit the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York website.
This year’s lineup of films is our largest and most diverse program to date, we always look for authentic stories, but this year, we put an extra focus on stories in first person, that are actually told by people with disabilities.Isaac Zablocki, Director and Cofounder of ReelAbilities, and Senior Director of Film Programs at MMJCCM
The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is also proud to announce, for the first time, the addition of the ReelAbilities Film and Television Accessibility Summit on April 11–12, with sessions discussing all things film and accessibility. Serving industry exhibitors, distributors, and Disabled creators, the summit will discuss accessibility as a creative asset at all phases – development through exhibition – and explore beyond the basics into progressive best practices. Standout Accessibility Summit speakers include Festival Closing Night Spotlight Honoree Lauren Ridloff, Steve Way (Ramy), Jim Lebrecht (Crip Camp), Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld), Larry Guterman (Director, Cats and Dogs) and key executives from WOCU, Eventive, LCA, ADA Lead On, Respectability, SAG-AFTRA, MiFilm, NBC Universal, Warner Media, AppleTV+, AMC Networks, and Sundance. For more details about the Film and Television Accessibility Summit or to purchase tickets for the Summit, you can visit ReelAbilities Accessibility Summit page.