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


Contact: Reveca Torres
Executive Director