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Annual ReelAbilities Film Festivals for Cleveland and Akron Go Virtual for 2020

Posted September 11, 2020 in Press Releases

This fall, ReelAbilities Film Festival – Cleveland (RAFF-CLE), representing nine organizations in Cleveland and Akron, will present its annual film festival in a new, virtual format. The festival will run Oct. 3-30 and is free and open to the public.

Founded in New York in 2007, the ReelAbilities Film Festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Cleveland became a host city in 2017 with a goal to create more conversations around disability. The festival came to Akron audiences for the first time in the fall of 2019.

Individuals interested in viewing the films in this year’s festival will first go to the RAFF-CLE website to register. They will then be sent links and passwords to view the films and participate in the accompanying live discussions and activities via Zoom. Films will be available to view for several days leading up to, and after the live discussions. All films have open captions and audio descriptions. CART and ASL interpretation will be provided for all Zoom activities and discussions.

“We will miss our in-person audiences this year, but we wanted to keep everyone safe and healthy,” said Katti Sorboro, director of RAFF-CLE. “We think that people will like the new virtual format. It’s flexible and allows viewers plenty of time to watch the films at home and at their convenience before tuning in to our great live discussions and activities.”

Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, executive director of the Akron-Summit County Public Library added, “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with RAFF-CLE even while an in- person film festival is not possible. Additionally, we are honored to help highlight the experiences and lives of people with disabilities by showcasing important films.”

2020 Festival Lineup

Ian, JMaxx and the Universal Language
View the films: Oct. 3-10
Hip Hop Movement/Education Workshop and Q+A: Oct. 8, 8:00 p.m.
Children’s Art Activities: Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.
Topics: Autism, physical disabilities, dance, art, youth, family

Moment to Moment, Revel in Your Body, Don’t Foil My Plans
View the films: Oct. 9-16
Discussion on Art Therapy: Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Q+A: Oct. 15, 8:00 p.m.
Topics: Art, dementia, dance, autism, independent living

Sock Guys, 25 Prospect St.
View the films: Oct. 16-23
Filmmaker Q+A: Oct. 22, 8:00 p.m.
Topics: Intellectual Disabilities, employment, inclusion, film industry

Code of the Freaks
View the film: Oct. 23-30
Filmmaker Q+A: Oct. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Topics: Disability representation, film industry, art, history

Film Festival sponsors include Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, Akron-Summit County Public Library, 5/3 Bank, Youth Challenge, and ADA Cleveland.

For more information and to register for the film screenings and live Zoom discussions, visit reelabilities.org/cleveland.

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