The DC area is home to many film festivals, all with a distinct identity. This spring, we are fortunate to be able to experience a festival unique in its focus. Titled “ReelAbilities Film Festival,” this event serves to educate the public about the challenges of living with
The films address their creators’ experiences with different types of disabilities, such as developmental, learning, physical and psychiatric. It is hoped that this will promote a greater understanding within the communities where the films are shown. In the festival’s first year of existence, Ms. Altman was quoted as saying “Let a thousand flowers bloom;” an expression of her hope that this event would positively impact as many people as possible.
With an ever-expanding list of locations, it certainly seems that Ms. Altman’s wishes have become a reality. Locations are chosen based on five main requirements, including accessibility of venues and programs, and progressive content in the films. In DC, venues include Artisphere in Arlington, Avalon Theatre in DC, Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax, and the Jewish Community Centers of Washington, Northern Virginia and DC. These venues will be screening nine films multiple times over the course of the nine day event. Throughout the festival, there will be several guest speakers, including Gary Gondos, Patricia Woolsey, Paula Moore and Scott Campbell, as well as post-viewing discussions and panels.
February 1 through 9. For information and schedule visit greaterdc.reelabilities.org.