Film Blog: Lost and Sound

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By Emer Kinsella- Music composer for film and multimedia

The documentary film Lost and Sound gives an insight into life without hearing and an exploration into the ways that deaf people have re-adapted and rediscovered music through new possibilities of experiencing the art form.

Neuroscientific research on music shows us how important and effective music is on our well being and can be felt on a physical level by everyone. Experiments into cognitive activity with deaf people listening to music suggest that they can feel vibrations in the same way that hearing people can hear music. Deaf performing musicians often perform barefoot to better feel the vibrations through their bodies. The response on the brain to these vibrations creates the same pleasurable reactions that someone would experience when hearing music.

Surgeons should also be careful to preserve the auditory cortex when performing brain surgery on deaf people as it holds an important function beyond hearing. Beethoven composed one of his greatest works, his ninth symphony while deaf, proving that it is possible to create and connect to music without being able to hear. Adding captions describing sound cues are useful additions to visual mediums. This gives deaf people a better idea of which sound environment to expect and feel in relation to the visual material.

Lost and Sound is showing on Sunday September 13th from 2:00-4:00pm. Be sure to check this one and other films out at Reel Abilities film festival.

Every Voice Matters

mq1ReelAbilities Chicago is partnering with StoryCorps to create a unique opportunity, born of two complementary missions.  The mission of ReelAbilities: to share the human experience of disability through art, film, and stories.  The mission of StoryCorps: to provide people of all backgrounds with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Share your story with a close friend at StoryCorps in Chicago on Friday, September 11th, 2015!!!  We are offering a full day of recording sessions in connection with the festival at the StoryBooth, located on the 1st floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. To sign up, contact matt@reelabilitieschicago.org stating your interest, and we will send you a Reservation link and password. There are just a handful of slots remaining, so act fast!

Don’t be shy… We’ve test-driven the StoryBooth process ourselves, and it was a blast. On July 9, 2015, Chicago ReelAbilities Film Festival co-directors Reveca Torres, Grishma Shah, and Matt Lauterbach recorded their own story. This is the result!

Not sure what StoryCorps is all about?  Check out their website to learn more! StoryCorps interviews work best with two people — yourself, and someone close to you who can ask you great questions. And if you’re not free on September 11th, StoryCorps has an awesome mobile app that you can use to record and upload your story anywhere, anytime.

Every voice matters — so we hope you’ll share your story.

BeamPro in Chicago this September!

WorkingMother_webNational Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago makes cutting-edge
technology available for patrons with disabilities.

The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago (NMHM Chicago) will house a Beam Smart Presence System from Suitable Technologies during the month of September in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The BeamPro is part of the TechAbility exhibit which will launch at NMHM Chicago September 11th with the ReelAbilities film FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. This is the first time this technology will be in Chicago!

NMHM Chicago is participating in Suitable Technologies Museum Partnership Program. Sites receive a BeamPro SPS to grant access to people who are physically unable to travel. From anywhere in the world, a user may “beam” into participating museums to view galleries and experience museums firsthand from the comfort of their computer. BeamPro will have special appearances at Opening Night and other ReelAbilities events. The system will also be available to patrons who wish to visit the museum remotely throughout the month of September.

In July President Obama spoke in the White House about the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and interacted with Alice Wong, Founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project. She attended the event remotely using BeamPro via webcam and moved around simply by clicking the arrows on a laptop’s keyboard. Alice was the first person to use this type of device in the White House.

ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film. The Chicago festival is hosted by BACKBONES – a local nonprofit providing support for people with spinal cord injuries – and supported by a partnership with ADA 25 Chicago, a citywide initiative and public awareness campaign that is commemorating and leveraging the 25th anniversary of the ADA. RAFF Chicago is scheduled for September 9 -13, 2015 and includes films with engaging panel discussions, guest speakers, exhibitions, performances, and opening/closing night celebrations.

All events are FREE to the public and ADA friendly!

The WOMEN of ReelAbilities Chicago

Cobb-front-cover1If you haven’t noticed, ReelAbilities is about sharing stories and highlighting diversity. Although our lineup of films for the Chicago ReelAbilities reflects stories of disability and the human experience, we would also like you to know that over half of the films we will be screening are films that were directed by women!

Today we would like to celebrate the following women and their films! We have partnered with Directed By Women Worldwide Viewing Party to showcase women directed films from September 1-15, 2015. Please join us for a film or ALL of them in Chicago September 9-13, 2015. Share the films and please use hashtags: #getREELChicago #DirectedByWomen

On Beauty
by Joanna Rudnick
Wednesday, September 9

Keep the Change
by Rachel Israel
Wednesday, September 9

Sound Shadows
by Julie Engaas
Wednesday, September 9

Wretches & Jabberers
by Gerardine Wurzburg
Thursday, September 10

Scarlet Road
by Catherine Scott
Saturday, September 12

Fixed
by Regan Brashear
Saturday, September 12

Getting Up
by Caskey Ebeling
Sunday, September 13

Lost and Sound
by Lindsey Dryden
Sunday, September 13

Flying Anne
by Catherine Van Campen
Sunday, September 13

Sounds for Mazin
by Ingrid Kamerling
Sunday, September 13

Chicago gets REEL this September!

ReelAbilities Film Festival partners with ADA25 Chicago

June 30, 2015 (Chicago,IL) – ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film. The Chicago festival is scheduled for September 9 -13, 2015 and includes films with engaging panel discussions, guest speakers, exhibitions, performances, and opening/closing night celebrations. The purpose of ReelAbilities Chicago is to initiate dialogue and critical thinking about the perception and stereotypes of the disability experience in the Chicago community through the platform of film, art, media and powerful imagery.

BACKBONES (Chicago’s host organization) is a local nonprofit providing support for people with spinal cord injuries, and has partnered with ADA25 Chicago, a citywide initiative and public awareness campaign under the Chicago Community Trust, which celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other partners include Comcast, Chicago Cultural Center, National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago, Columbia College, Reva and David Logan Center, Bodies of Work.

The films range from dynamic, funny, thought-provoking and eye-opening! They celebrate the stories, lives and art of people who experience disability.

“Having ReelAbilities in Chicago is important because it gives filmmakers with disabilities a chance to showcase their work and it provides an outlet to show people what we’re capable of as filmmakers, producers, actors, and actresses.” – Justin Cooper, Chicago Filmmaker, Wheelchair Chronicles

“Many of us who identify as people with disability celebrate that aspect of our identity. And so we have a culture, and as any culture we have an art, we have stories, so the film festival tells a story of that culture.” – Kara Ayers, co-chair ReelAbilities Cincinnati

“There couldn’t be a more appropriate way to share stories and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act” – Reveca Torres, Festival Director

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Contact: Reveca Torres
Executive Director
618-724-5484
info@backbonesonine.com
www.reelabilitieschicago.org

www.backbonesonline.com

Meet the Team!

Matt (left); Grishma (middle); Reveca (right)
Matt (left); Grishma (middle); Reveca (right)

Meet ReelAbilities Chicago directors:
Matt Lauterbach, Grishma Shah and Reveca Torres!

Have you heard of this joke, a director of a not-for-profit (Reveca), a film editor (Matt) and a mass-media consultant (Grishma) walk into a bar and…

You haven’t? Well, then it’s a good thing you are on this website.

So all three walk into a bar, and what happens? REELABILITIES Chicago happens! REELABILTIES Chicago is part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities ACt. A four day film festival in September dedicated to film, art and amazing panel discussions dedicated to articulating the human experience of disability.