We are proud to present five days of films, panel discussions, guest speakers, exhibitions, and performances at the first ever Chicago ReelAbilities Film Festival.

All events are FREE to the public! Please RSVP to events you’d like to attend so that we can adequately prepare for space and refreshments.  Attendees with accessibility needs will be able to request w

 

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Opening Night & Shorts

Wednesday, September 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Studio Xfinity Comcast,
901 Weed Street, Chicago, IL
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Join us Opening Night at Comcast’s newest retail space, Studio Xfinity. Surround yourself with an interactive experience, food, drinks and fantastic short films, including the award-winning film ‘On Beauty’, produced by Chicago’s own Kartemquin Films.

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Wretches & Jabberers

Thursday, September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center,
78 E. Washington St. , Chicago, IL 60618
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Two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Traveling to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, they dissect, challenge, and reshape public conceptions along the way. (Runtime: 1h 34m)

Preceded by the short film, Sensory Overload. Stay for a panel discussion following the screening!

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Little World

Friday, September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center,
78 E. Washington St. , Chicago, IL 60618
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Albert loves life, and he won’t let anything get in his way, least of all his wheelchair. He’s traveled to dozens of countries, and this time, his destination is as far away as possible from his home in Barcelona: a lighthouse in New Zealand. (Runtime: 1h 24m)

Preceded by the short film, The Commute. Share your travel stories during a meet-and-greet following the screening!

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FIXED – The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Saturday, September 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago,
175 W. Washington St. , Chicago , IL 60602
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Told through the perspectives of five individuals with disabilities, FIXED enlightens and challenges the regular human body, and what it means to fundamentally be a human in the 21st century. (Runtime: 61m)

Also includes free admission to the TECHABILITY exhibit, which looks at the history of mobility, the present day technological advances, and the future of universal design and accessibility.

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Six Points About Emma

Saturday, September 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago,
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
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Emma is a magnetic, attractive, almost thirty-year old blind woman. Determined to have a baby, she sets out on a search for a man to get her pregnant. (Runtime: 1h 26m)

Preceded by the short film, Guest Room. Stay for a special guest speaker following the screening!

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Scarlet Road

Saturday, September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago,
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
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Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton specializes in a long overlooked clientele— people with disabilities. (Runtime: 1h 11m)

A panel discussion will follow the screening. This is the first of two consecutive films on Sexuality and Disability, so consider a double feature!

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Come As You Are

Saturday, September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago,
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
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A quirky road movie about three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. (Runtime: 1h 50m)

This is the second of two consecutive films on Sexuality and Disability, so come early for a double feature!

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Lost and Sound

Sunday, September 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago,
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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What would happen to the music you love, if your hearing was lost? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, Lost and Sound journeys deep into sound and silence to rediscover music after deafness. (Runtime: 1h 16m)

Preceded by the short film, Sounds for Mazin. Stay for a live performance following the screening!

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Getting Up

Sunday, September 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago,
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, graffiti artist TemptOne regains his creative voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art once again. (Runtime: 1hr 14m)

Preceded by the short film, Flying Ann. Stay for a meet-and-greet with local artists from the disability community following the screening!

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