Films & Events
ReelAbilities strives for inclusion and offers many accommodations. All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible. We also offer audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille for select events and upon advance request. Please see each film or event listing for accessibility information. Anyone needing additional accommodations to participate should contact the screening location in their city in advance of the event.
Marcel Barrena/ Spain / 83 Min / Documentary
Albert loves life, and he won't let anything get in his way, least of all his wheelchair. He's only 19, but he's already traveled to dozens of countries. He's made a sport of leaving with only 20 euros in his pocket and putting his faith in the innate goodness of people he meets along the way. And he has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve to get into places free of charge if he needs to. This time, his destination is as far away as possible from his home in Barcelona: a lighthouse in New Zealand. The talkback for this film will be led by Cat Anthony and Sally Wetzler.
Lena Koppel / Sweden / 91 Min / Narrative
The sequel to 2015’s Festival opener, The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes. Max, a successful, yet lonely and depressed, NYC-based cinematographer is contacted by his old friend Peter, who invites him to come to a small Swedish city and help him make a film about his daughter's friends. Once Max gets there, he realizes that the documentary he has promised to shoot is about people with disabilities. Drama, laughter, love and friendships unfold as the film gets made; and Max goes through a personal journey revisiting his perception of people with disabilities.
Charles Jones / USA / 82 Min / Documentary
A candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with Autism. Dispelling the archaic idea that "big boys don't cry,” a group of fathers open up to each other about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a parenting experience very different than the ones they had envisioned.
Nils Tavernier / France & Belgium / 95 Min / Narrative
When Alex gets a job as the leader of a local theater group in a bid to bond with his distant father, Julien, a charming 17-year-old with cerebral palsy, challenges him to competing together in the Ironman triathlon—a near impossible feat. This is not just a sports film, but a story of one family’s exemplary journey and a portrait of the love between father and son.
Troy Kotsur / USA / 78 Min / Narrative
Tony Kane plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another guy who happens to be deaf. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang is also deaf and is having a hard time. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. Featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin .