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ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival
Oak Park, IL
ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival
Celebrate the lives of people with disabilities at the ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival in Oak Park. Explore film, art and performance April 25-29 that will open your mind and heart.
Never before presented in Chicagoland, ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival features award-winning films, thoughtful panel discussions, art gallery works and live musical performances that bring together the community to celebrate the lives of people with disabilities.
The Sunday, April 29th at FitzGerald's SideBar showing at 5:00pm is nearly sold out! Limited tickets will be available at the door.
Film Festival Schedule
- DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
- LOCATION: Lake Theater, 1022 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
- FILM: “Snow Cake”, drama with Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman & Carrie-Anne Moss
- AUDIENCE: "Snow Cake" is recommended for ages 17 and older.
- STORY: Alex, an ex-convict on a road trip picks up Vivienne, an eccentric hitchhiker. A serious car accident kills Vivienne, prompting Alex to visit Vivienne’s mother, a woman with high-functioning autism. Alex learns about her uniqueness as he struggles to come to terms with his own grief.
- DETAILS: Parking is available at parking meters along Lake Street or in the parking garages located on Holley Court and Forest Avenue. Lake Theater features accesible entry and seating.
- DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2012
- LOCATION: Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
- FILM: “Praying with Lior”, documentary
- AUDIENCE: "Praying with Lior" is recommended for all ages.
- STORY: Lior has Down syndrome, and has spent his entire life praying with utter abandon. As Lior approaches Bar Mitzvah, different characters provide a window into life spent “praying with Lior.” The movie poses difficult questions such as what is “disability” and who really talks to God?
- SPECIAL FEATURES: Chris Burke, actor and musician who has Down syndrome, will perform with the Chris Burke Band and join us as a panelist for discussion on the movie Praying with Lior. Burke is best known for the four years he spent playing Charles "Corky" Thatcher on the hit ABC-TV show Life Goes On and his recurring role as Taylor, the angel of faith, on the hit CBS-TV show Touched By An Angel.
- DETAILS: Parking is available along Lake Street, in the parking lot to the East of the Church and in the parking garage across the street next to Oak Park-River Forest High School. A lift is available for those that need assistance reaching the Sanctuary, but please plan to arrive 30 to 45 minutes early to access the lift.
- DATE: Sunday, April 29, 2012
- LOCATION: Academy of Movement & Music/MOMENTA, 605 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
- FILM: “Among the Giants”, documentary
- AUDIENCE: "Among the Giants" is recommended for all ages.
- STORY: The story of Adaptive Design Association, a nonprofit organization lthat builds customized equipment for kids and adults with disabilities, is told through two individuals who have sought help. Among The Giants brings up the topics of design, adaptation, independence, strength and courage.
- SPECIAL FEATURES: Dance performance including people with physical and developmental disabilities, led by the renowned MOMENTA Performing Arts Company.
- DETAILS: Parking is available along Lake Street, East Avenue and at parking meters along North Boulevard. An elevator/lift is available for those that need assistance reaching the performance space, but please plan to arrive 30 to 45 minutes early to access the elevator. Reception will occur at 1:00 pm just prior to the film at 1:30.
- DATE: Sunday, April 29, 2012 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
- LOCATION: FitzGerald’s SideBar, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL 60402
- FILM: “Crooked Beauty“ & “Shooting Beauty”, documentaries
- AUDIENCE: "Shooting Beauty" is recommended for ages 13 and older. "Crooked Beauty" is recommended for ages 15 and older.
- STORY: “Crooked Beauty” is a poetic documentary chronicling artist-activist Jacks Ashley McNamara's transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. “Shooting Beauty” is the story of an aspiring fashion photographer, Courtney Bent, who discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities.
- SPECIAL FEATURES: The Arts of Life Band will perform danceable party music with a rock edge after the showing of Crooked Beauty and Shooting Beauty. The Arts of Life Band is an ongoing collaborative project between artists with and without disabilities in the Chicago area. The Arts of Life Band rocks out in well known venues such as the Empty Bottle and the HideOut Inn.
- DETAILS: Parking is available long Roosevelt Road and East Avenue. FitzGerald's SideBar is fully accesible.
Aspire, Community Support Services, Oak-Leyden Developmental Services and Seguin Services
Aspire helps more than 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families live, learn and grow in their west suburban community. Aspire was featured on NBC’s TODAY show by co-anchor Meredith Vieira as a “local nonprofit doing amazing things.”
Community Support Services, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit service agency that initiates, provides and promotes services for people with developmental disabilities and their families, within their communities, in order to strengthen their independence, self-esteem, and ability to participate in and contribute to community life.
The mission of Oak-Leyden Developmental Services is to help people with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.
Seguin Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative services to adults and children with developmental disabilities and special needs throughout the Chicagoland community so they may live, socialize and work as their neighbors do.