**Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about next year's festival.

Wednesday, October 11
@ Gateway Film Center
6:00p - Happy Hour in the Torpedo Room
7:00p - Film Screening & Speaker, Professor Bill Bauer, "Why do we need a superhero?"


Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, No Ordinary Hero (featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin) is the evolution story of a hero in this family drama.  While Tony Kane, a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy, Jacob Lang, to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself. Jacob is being bullied at school and is constantly misunderstood by his father. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves.

No Ordinary Hero: A Super Deafy Movie - trailer link

Gateway Film Center logo ASL interpretation provided  Assistive listening devices
Access Amenities include:
- Physically accessible building
- Assistive Listening Devices
- ASL Interpretation
- CART Interpretation
- Open Captions

Bill Bauer Headshot in front of brick buildingClick here for Professor Bauer's biography as word document
Thursday, October 12

@ Ohio History Connection
6:00p - Adaptive Sport Vendor Fair & Reception
7:00p - Film Screening & Dialogue on inclusive sports
Four best friends drive across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals who, like them, have with physical disabilities, and live to tell the story in a documentary film. Their cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active -- from rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes. Through their journey, they learn that sports really are the great equalizer.

Endless Abilities Film Still - surf board, surfer in a wheelchair, on the beach

Ohio History Center logo   Audio Description provided

Access Amenities include:
- Physically accessible building
- Closed Captions
- Audio Description
Saturday, October 14
@ Lincoln Theatre
1:30p - Doors open; Sensory-friendly art-making with Shelbi Harris
2:00p - Family-friendly short film series

Strings film still and link to trailer

1. Strings (Cuerdas) - (11 min). María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a child who soon becomes her best friend. 
****Sensitivity Alert**** Strings is an award winning film that contains the passing of a main character and addresses themes of fragility, friendship, death, and the beauty of memories. The death is discussed, not seen, but families should be aware. Please participate in art-making activities during this film if you do not wish your child to watch this portion of the series.
2. Anything You Can Do - (7 min). Two boys face off. But when the stakes are at their highest, will victory be sweet?
3. Hear This! - (15 min). When 10-year-old Tristan wants his dad to become the trainer of his soccer team, the club won’t allow it because his father is deaf. Tristan decides to prove them wrong.
4. The Battle - (3 min). Kayah Guenther is a young artist struggling to find his place in the world. Born with trisomy 21, he narrates his story through dance.
5. Picked - (8 min). A girl's quest for the "perfect" pumpkin sets her apart from her peers.

Lincoln Theatre Logo Sensory Friendly provisions Audio Description provided
Access Amenities include:
- Physically accessible building
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Closed Captions / subtitles
- Audio Description
- Sensory Friendly amenities: 
raised lights, lower sound, closed captions, free/open seating, move around, family bathrooms, sensory art experiences; please no strong perfumes or lotions.
Others to be announced; contact us to make a request.


Art-Making with Shelbi Harris!
Shelbi Harris photograph
Click here for Venue Information as a PDF
Contact VSA Ohio for more information or to request an accommodation.
Professional service accommodations should be requested 2 weeks in advance to ensure availability (September 26).
614-241-5325 or info@vsao.org.

 Information symbol - ask us  Wheelchair accessible spaces  Closed or Open Captions available for all films
*All films are Open Caption, Closed Caption, or subtitled if a foreign film
Local and National Sponsors
   City of Columbus, Department of Neighborhoods  Art Makes Columbus, Columbus Makes Art
   The Columbus FOundation logo
Saul Schottenstein Foundation B
To learn more about Festival Sponsorship
contact Erin Hoppe, 614-241-5325.
ABOUT REELABILITIES ReelAbilities is a groundbreaking film festival uniting dozens of partners and multiple screening locations throughout central Ohio. ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities, all through the easily accessible art form of film. Initiated in New York in 2007, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
Festival Archive:
Tuesday, September 20
@ Gateway Film Center

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL TRAILER #2 from Tom Ropelewski on Vimeo.

ABOUT 2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL: From the director of CHILD OF GIANTS: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange2e: Twice Exceptional follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students in Los Angeles who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. They are geniuses, mavericks and dreamers – Malcolm Gladwell’s budding “outliers.”

ABOUT MARINA'S OCEAN: A group of countryside students are preparing a special trip to the beach. Marina, a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, has a strong wish to visit the sea for the first time. Forbidden to travel with the other kids, Marina starts her own journey towards the Atlantic Ocean.