The ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival On Air

Make your voice be heard with Tommy G weekdays from 3:00PM to 6:00PM to win 4 passes to The ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival, showcasing multiple films April 19th through 22nd, at Kean University!

The ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival celebrates the lives, stories and artistic abilities of people with all types of disabilities through award-winning international films. Admission is $5 and includes a feature presentation preceded by a short film (+). Brief post-screening programs bring the community together to further explore the diversity of our shared human experiences. All films will be held at the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB).

 American Veteran, film screenshot

 

NAAB Auditorium

American Veteran

Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.

Sgt. Nick Mendes was paralyzed from the neck down by an IED and suffers from PTSD. The film follows Nick’s journey over the course of 5 years, sharing his sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life.
(1hr 15 min.)

+ Birthday (16 min.)

TICKETS

 

Patrick’s Day, screenshot 

NAAB Auditorium

Patrick's Day

Thursday, April 19
8:30 p.m.

Patrick is a warm young man living with schizophrenia. Medication and his mother’s fierce protection means he is no threat to himself or anyone else—until St. Patrick’s Day, when he meets Karen, a suicidal flight attendant.
(1hr 38 min.)

+ Aftermath (6 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

Ballad from Tibet 

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Ballad from Tibet

Friday, April 20
12:30 p.m.

Based on a true story. Four young students from a school for the blind embark on an odyssey from their remote village in Tibet to the giant city of Shenzhen in order to sing on a TV talent competition.
(1hr 26 min.)

+ How We Met Laurel (12 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

Aphasia, film screenshot 

NAAB Auditorium

Aphasia

Friday, April 20
6:30 p.m.

The true story of actor Carl McIntyre about the effects of a massive stroke he suffered at the age of 44 - he lost his ability to read, write and speak. Starring as himself, McIntyre portrays his life story with an incredibly nuanced performance.
(40 min.)

+ Mr. Connelly Has ALS (32 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

Mind Over Matter 

NAAB Auditorium

Mind Over Matter

Friday, April 20
8:30 p.m.

A young man with cerebral palsy overcomes a paralyzed left hand, bullies and stereotypes, dreaming of becoming a rock guitarist even while told he will never succeed. His dreams become reality as he leads his own band, expressing himself through music, modeled after the band Korn.
(1hr 27 min.)

+ Maria & Pete (10 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

Reel Love (shorts) 

NAAB Auditorium

Reel Love (shorts)

Saturday, April 21
2:00 p.m.

Four short films about love including: 1) Aglaée2) Leo & Carole3) Intimacy4) All Day, and 5) Maria & Pete.
(1hr 15 min. total)

    TICKETS    

 

 Bottom Dollar

 

NAAB Auditorium

Bottom Dollar

Saturday, April 21
4:00 p.m.

The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act created the revolutionary workers’ rights protection: the minimum wage. Yet as the film uncovers, Section 14(c) still provides a terrible and abusive exemption that allows employers to pay "special minimum wages" –– below Federal minimum wage –– to workers with disabilities.
(55 min.)

+ Design-Ability (33 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

Defiant Lives 

NAAB Auditorium

Defiant Lives

Saturday, April 21
8:00 p.m.

Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with reflective interviews and the personal stories of men and women with disabilities as they fought for independence and control over their lives, Defiant Lives details the rise of the disability rights movement in Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.
(1hr 23 min.)

+ 46/47 (8 min.)

+ The Milky Pop Kid (7 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

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NAAB Auditorium

Perfectly Normal For Me

Sunday, April 22
11 a.m.

At a unique after-school dance program in Queens, kids with a variety of physical and developmental disabilities pair with teenage volunteer helpers and create an inclusive environment too often absent in our world.
(57 min.)

+ Macropolis (7 min.)

    TICKETS    

 

Margarita with a Straw

 

NAAB Auditorium

Margarita with a Straw

Sunday, April 22
3:00 p.m.

A funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy. Laila, an aspiring writer and secret rebel in a wheelchair, is accepted to New York University and leaves India for Manhattan. After a chance encounter with a fiery female activist, Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world. This TIFF award-winning drama is a beautiful, bold and brave portrait of love, identity and sexuality.
(1hr 41 min.)

Encore ReelAbilities presentation as part of Kean Stage International Film Series.

+ I Don't Wanna Go Back Alone (17 min.)

 

    TICKETS    

 

ReelAbilities
Film Festival
April 19-22

All films are captioned unless otherwise noted. Kean Stage will make every effort to meet advanced requests for assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, CART, audio description and large-print programs. Venue is wheelchair accessible and ample accessible parking is available. For more information, email [email protected].