May 05

ReelAbilities Film Festival May 18-30, 2021 Full Programming Announced including ReelAbilities Comedy Night

ReelAbilities Film Festival May 18-30, 2021 Full Programming Announced including ReelAbilities Comedy Night ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto is proud to announce programming for the 6th Annual Festival taking place online May 18 – 30, 2021ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. ReelEducation Matinees will take place May 18-21, followed by theReelAbilities Film Festival and Comedy Night May 26-30, 2021.ReelAbilities Film Festival 2021 will include online presentations of 15 films including the Opening Night screening of Give Me Liberty, directed by Kyrill Mikhanovsky, on May 26. Give Me Liberty is a dramatic comedy about a perpetually late medical transport driver steering a bus that’s effectively a microcosm of American society. The Closing Night screening of ReelAbilities on May 30 is the Youth Shorts Program featuring six short films from around the world, including three Canadian films: #HospitalChic by Ophira Calof, Fluid by Mari “Dev” Ramsawakh, and Endomic by Camille Hollet-French and Ipek Ensari.The feature programming at ReelAbilities Film Festival offers strong points of view and unique perspectives from around the world with films including: the acclaimed documentary feature The Reason I Jump; the Venezuelan narrative feature The Special, which follows Chuo navigating the challenges of early adulthood with Down Syndrome as he seeks to build a life of independence; the documentary feature from Mexico Maricarmen, which follows blind cello player, music teacher, writer, and marathon runner Maricarmen Graue; and the Canadian doc feature The World is Bright, directed by Ying Wang, following the epic 10-year journey of a Chinese couple searching for the truth behind their son’s death in Canada.ReelAbilities Film Festival will also include workshops, filmmaker Q&As, and post-screening panels and events where audiences are invited to hear more from Festival filmmakers, creators, and artists. The ReelAbilities Comedy Night returns May 27with a wide range of comedic mediums from Toronto and Ottawa. ReelAbilities Comedy Night will feature a mixture of live and filmed content from hilarious comedians including Desiree Walsh, Avan Porte, 2 CPOs – Tim Rose and Sivert Das, Velvet Wells, Krystal Nausbaum, Rosani Christy, Michael McNeely, Dan Barra-Berger, and Therese Estacion. ReelAbilities Comedy Night will be followed by an online community after party.ReelEducation will feature online matinees and workshops for grades K-12 with ten short films May 18-21, including two French films. From sledge hockey to musical theatre, ReelEducation offers exciting at-home workshops for all ages.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 18 – 30, 2021 Online screenings via Eventive, Live events via Zoom All screenings are Pay-What-You-Can ($10 Suggested Donation) Full Schedule: www.reelabilities.org/toronto facebook.com/reelabilitiesTO / twitter.com/ReelAbilitiesTO / instagram.com/reelabilitiesto ONLINE ACCESSIBILITY • All films will screen with open captioning and audio description • Select films will screen with audio description as an option • All workshops, panels, and post-film discussions will feature live captioning and ASLReelAbilities Film Festival Funders: MNJCC, Government of Canada, Toronto Arts Council, P&L Odette Foundation, and TELEFILM Talent Fund. We would like to thank Damien Nelson of Want & Abel Arts Consulting for the artist profile and press release.
Opening Night Film: Give Me Liberty
Opening Night Film: Give Me Liberty