REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL/HOUSTON

February 14-18, 2016

What is ReelAbilities
Accessibility and Ticket Information
Contact information for JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion
Advanced Registration
Reel People: Up Abilities Signature Event
Opening Night
Reel Art
Reel Music
Reel Shorts
Calendar of Events
About the Films
Reel Workplace
Reel Education
Leadership
FESTIVAL COORDINATION
SPECIAL PROJECTS
REELMUSIC
REELEDUCATION & SPEAKERS OUTREACH
VENUE LIAISONS
MEDIA ASSISTANCE
REELWORKPLACE
KEY SUPPORT



ReelAbilities: Houston Film Festival is a FREE city-wide film and arts festival to promote inclusion and celebrate the lives, stories, and talents of people with disabilities making an impact that lasts far beyond the week of the festival.

ACCESSIBILITY AND TICKET INFORMATION
All ReelAbilities Film Festival events are FREE of charge to the public. ASL Interpretation, CART, adaptive listening devices, and other accommodations are available upon request. All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing accommodation to participate should contact Jordan Lewis at least 72 hours in advance at 832.786.0361 or info@reelabilities.org

JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion
4131 South Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025
713.667.9336
www.ReelAbilitiesHouston.org

ADVANCED REGISTRATION is required to reserve your seat.
Tickets are available online at www.reelabilitieshouston.org or call 832.786.0361.

ReelAbilities Presents
REELPEOPLE: UP ABILITIES
An Extraordinary Evening With Extraordinary Speakers

The UP Experience/ UP2 designs custom events providing world-class speakers so that corporations and audiences can experience new ideas that are making a difference in our world. FREE! For the first time ever!

SIGNATURE EVENT
Thursday, February 11, 2015
Space is limited. Registration required at reelabilitieshouston.org
AT HCC Southwest, 5601 West Loop South, 77081
6:15 pm: Reception 7:00 pm: Program

KEVIN PEARCE
Topic: Surviving and Thriving: Life after the Crash
Kevin Pearce, a former professional snowboarder and co-founder of LoveYourBrain LLC, is an advocate for the prevention of brain injuries and the promotion of a brain healthy lifestyle. Kevin catapulted onto the professional snowboarding stage in 2005 at age 18, soaring above others in his division and quickly becoming the athlete to watch in the ever-evolving sport. On December 31, 2009, while training for the Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, and practicing a trick on the half-pipe, Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Although he was wearing a helmet at the time, the injury left Kevin in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. Kevin’s recovery—and his journey to accept his new life—was recently chronicled in “The Crash Reel”, an HBO documentary film. Together with his brother, Adam, he is co-founder of LoveYourBrain LLC. Kevin is also a Sports Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society, crediting his older brother David, who was born with Down Syndrome, as a huge influence in his life and career. In addition, Kevin established The Kevin Pearce Fund to support non-profit organizations all over the country that assist those affected by brain injury, Down Syndrome and other challenges.

ELEANOR LONGDEN
Topic: Learning From the Voices in My HeadEleanor Longden is an award-winning psychology postgraduate, who uses her own experiences of recovery from psychosis to promote more creative, person-centered approaches to complex mental health problems that emphasize the lived experience and expertise of individuals more fully. Her 2013 TED talk on voice hearing was featured on the front page of the Huffington Post and named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the ‘20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life’. In its first year online it was viewed 2.5m times and translated into 33 languages. Eleanor is coordinator of the Intervoice Scientific Committee, trustee of Intervoice and the UK Soteria Network, an honorary member of the French Hearing Voices Network, a faculty member of the International Centre for Recovery Action in Practice, Education, and Research (ICRA) and a working group member of the International DSM-5 Response Committee and the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives.

DREW LYNCH
Topic: Embrace Life Even When it Throws You a Curveball
Drew Lynch moved to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming a fully articulate film actor. Then something completely unpredictable happened; during a softball game, Drew got hit with the ball causing damage to his vocal cords, which left him with a stutter. The timing of his injury couldn’t have sparked a more positive change in which he has become and shaped what he stands for today: Embrace life even when it throws you a curveball. Inspired by comedians Bo Burnham, Louis C.K., and his friend Samuel J. Comroe, Drew brings to life the social hardships of dealing with a newly found speech impediment. Drew was a Golden Buzzer Winner and the 1st Runner up on America’s Got Talent Season 10 in 2015. He has also been a celebrity guest on Dr. Oz.

EMBRACE THE POWER OF FORWARD THINKING.
www.theUPexperience.com

ReelAbilities Presents
All you need is ReelLove
OPENING NIGHT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
6:30 pm: Doors open
7:00 - 8:45 pm: Program/Films

HCC West Loop South
5601 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77081

Featuring The Houston Premiere of
MIMI and DONA and KEEP THE CHANGE
Join us for a display of sweet confections
A Night for Communities, Families, & All Faiths

Additional Information + Tickets: reelabilitieshouston.org

ReelArt: The Art of Celebration Featuring Celebration Company Artists
January 16 - February 20
Opening Night Reception: 5:00 pm
JFS Reception: 7:00 pm

Exclusive Exhibition Events At Nicole Longnecker Gallery

LUNCH WITH CELEBRATION COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHERS
Thursday, February 4, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
This lunch will feature 11 artists and photographers from Celebration Company and a professional photographer who accompanied them on a photo shoot. The work produced during the photo shoot will be available for viewing and the professional photographer will share his/her experiences in mentoring the photographers.
Admission: $100 per person
Supports the art and photography program at Celebration Company

A “PEACE” OF ART—PAPERMAKING WORKSHOPS
Sunday, January 24
Session 1: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Participants make colorful handmade paper works of art and learn about Celebration Company. Artwork will be framed for each participant to pick up for hanging in their
home. Family friendly activity, suitable for ages 6 - adult.
Admission: $54 per participant
Please register for these events at: www.reelabilitieshouston.org

ReelMusic: Professional jazz & blues musicians invite musicians with disabilities to jam
with the band. Everyone is welcome!
An All-Inclusive Jazz & Blues Jam Session with the Pros Featuring Houston Legend Sebastian “Bash” Whittaker
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30 pm
Join us at 6:30 pm for a reception before the show.

HCC Spring Branch (1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N)
Performing Arts Center, Theater 1
(1060 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N )

FREE Admission
Space is limited. Registration required. reelabilitieshouston.org

LINE-UP
Emcee: Sebastian “Bash” Whittaker
David Craig
Ermelinda Cuellar
Kelly Dean
Kenneth Easton
Art Fristoe
Chase Jordan
Daleton J. Lee
PhunkyBOODAH
(Marcus Roberts)
Tim Ruiz
Jimmy Smith
Warren Sneed
Pamela York

REELSHORTS: SHORT FILM SCREENINGS AROUND TOWN
Ongoing screenings of short films from ReelAbilities will be available for viewing in public venues throughout Houston including:
Houston Airport Systems
2800 North Terminal Road
Houston, TX 77032
January 16 - February 20, 2016
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(including Matinee Times and Post Screening Discussions)
Admission: FREE! Space is limited. Advanced registration required.
Doors Open at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm Film Screenings.
Films will be audio described. See back of brochure

January 16 - February 20
Nicole Longnecker Gallery
REELART - THE ART OF CELEBRATION FEATURING: CELEBRATION COMPANY
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
5:00 pm: Opening Reception
7:00 pm: JFS Reception

Saturday, January 23
HCC Spring Branch
REELMUSIC - ALL-INCLUSIVE JAZZ & BLUES JAM SESSION WITH THE PROS
6:30 pm: Reception with refreshments
7:30 - 10:00 pm: Jam Session

Thursday, February 11
HCC West Loop South
REELPEOPLE: UP ABILITIES - AN EVENING OF EXTRAORDINARY EXPERTS
6:15 pm: Reception
7:00 - 9:00 pm: Program

Sunday, February 14
OPENING NIGHT: ALL YOU NEED IS REAL LOVE
HCC West Loop South
5601 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77081
KEEP THE CHANGE AND
MIMI AND DONA
7:00 - 8:45 pm: Program/Films
A Night for Communities, Families, & All Faiths

Monday, February 15
Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24
1:00 - 2:30 pm: NO ORDINARY HERO - THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE
7:00 - 9:15 pm: BIPOLARIZED
Including a post screening discussion featuring panel of mental health professionals

Tuesday, February 16
Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24
4:00 - 5:30 pm: FIXED
7:00 - 9:00 pm: COACHING COLBURN, HEAR THIS!, and ONE YEAR LATER
Followed by a post screening discussion featuring One Year Later’s Film Star & Director: Rosa Post and Nick Chambers

Wednesday, February 17
Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24
4:00 - 5:30 pm: BODY AND SOUL (DE CORPO E ALMA)
SPONSORS’ NIGHT
7:00 - 9:00 pm: THE FINISHERS

Thursday, February 18
Children’s Museum Houston
6:30 - 8:00 pm: NO ORDINARY HERO - THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE

Thursday, February 18
Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24
4:00 - 5:45 pm: AUTISTIC LIKE ME: A FATHER’S PERSPECTIVE
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Optional Supportive Group Discussion

Thursday, February 18
YOUNG ADULT NIGHT OUT
Emcee: Angel Ponce, MOPD
7:00 - 9:30 pm: COME AS YOU ARE

FILMS

AUTISTIC LIKE ME: A FATHER’S PERSPECTIVE
CHARLES JONES | USA | ENGLISH | 2014 | 82 MIN | DOCUMENTARY (Mature Subject Matter)
A candid portrait of the father 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 ones they had envisioned.

BIPOLARIZED
RITA KOTZIA | USA /ENGLISH | 2014 | 76 MIN | DOCUMENTARY (Mature Subject Matter)
One man rethinks his mental illness and relationships with his physicians and pharmaceuticals. Bipolarized follows Ross McKenzie as he embarks on his fifteen year journey to treat his symptoms of bipolar disorder through alternative treatments and to discover the cause of his mental breakdown.

BODY & SOUL
MATTHIEU BRON | FRANCE AND MOZAMBIQUE | FRENCH | 2010 | 54 MIN | DOCUMENTARY
The amazing story of three young Mozambicans with physical disabilities, who work to help others in their community. Their daily lives reveal how they see themselves, raising questions of self acceptance and how to find one’s place in society.

COACHING COLBURN
JEFF BEMISS + TRINITY COLLEGE FILM CLASS | USA | 16 MIN | DOCUMENTARY
James Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who finds joy in small things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him.

COME AS YOU ARE
GEOFFREY ENTHOVEN | DUTCH | 2011 | 115 MIN | DOCUMENTARY (Sexual Content)
On a quest to lose their virginity, three young men with disabilities embark on a wild road trip. Their families think they are on a wine tour in Spain, but this is a cover for their true destination - a Spanish brothel that caters to people with disabilities.

THE FINISHERS
NILS TAVERNIER | FRANCE | BELGIUM | FRENCH | 2013 | 95 MIN | NARRATIVE
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 race in Nice, France. Doing the race alone is an incredible challenge, but completing it together would be nearly impossible. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary journey and a portrait of love between father and son.

FIXED
REGAN BRASHEAR | USA | 2013 | ENGLISH | 60 MIN | DOCUMENTARY
Told through the perspectives of five individuals with disabilities, the implications of emerging biological and human technology enhancement are analyzed. Holding professional knowledge, as well as firsthand experience, a textured and personal debate is ensued. Economics and agendas help shape a conversation on what it means to be human in the 21st century.

HEAR THIS!
SOULAIMA EL KHALDI | NETHERLANDS | 15 MIN | DOCUMENTARY
10-year-old Tristan looks up to his dad, his soccer hero. But Tristan’s soccer club won’t let his dad become the trainer of his team because he is deaf. Tristan decides to prove them wrong.

KEEP THE CHANGE
RACHEL ISRAEL | USA | 2013 | ENGLISH | 16 MIN | NARRATIVE
A coming-of-age love story about a wealthy young man with social disorders who meets a woman at a group for people with intellectual disabilities.

MIMI and DONA
SOPHIE SARTAIN | USA | 2014 | 66 MIN | DOCUMENTARY
92-year-old Mimi has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years. Mimi comes to the harsh realization that aging means facing the fact that she will not outlive her daughter. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with disabilities and details the rippling effects, of Dona’s disability, on three generations of a Texas family.

NO ORDINARY HERO - THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE
TROY KOTSUR | USA | 2014 | 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.

ONE YEAR LATER
NICK CHAMBERS, ROSA MALLOY-POST | USA | 2014 | 22 MIN | ENGLISH | DOCUMENTARY (Mature Language)
At the age of 23, Rosa Post suffered a traumatic climbing injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down. “One Year Later” tells the story of Rosa’s resilience and the community of friends that healed with her.

ReelOpportunities
visit reelabilitieshouston.org to schedule yours today!

ReelWorkPlace
Programming for management or employees: corporations interested in hosting a film screening, speaker led discussion, and/or Disability Etiquette Seminar at your site.

ReelEducation
ReelEducation programs bring the conversation about inclusion to our city’s youth by exposing students to the lives, stories, and talents of individuals with disabilities; giving students the opportunity to think about their own perceptions and attitudes towards individuals with disabilities. Post-screening discussions allow students to interact with the filmmaker, protagonist, educators, or individuals with disabilities and have an open dialogue about topics addressed in the film(s). ReelEducation programs enable further reflection on how individual classes and entire schools can become more inclusive communities.

¡HENRY O!
Featuring Enrique “Henry” Oliu from ¡Henry O!
A true story about Enrique Oliu, a man blind since birth, who happens to be the baseball analyst for a Spanish-speaking radio program during the Tampa Bay Rays games. ¡Henry O! shows the journey of a man overcoming obstacles and achieving his dreams amidst the cheering crowds and major league heroes.

THE PERFECT TURNOVER
A true story about a high school senior with developmental disability, who gets a once in a lifetime chance when his basketball coach puts him in the game. This film shows high school basketball team rivals finding common ground in the kind treatment of an individual with a disability.

LEADERSHIP
Joanne Graf, Chair
Jonathan Baliff, Honorary Chair

HONORARY COMMITTEE
Joan and Stanford Alexander, Founders, Alexander Institute for Inclusion
Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
Council Member Ellen Cohen, District C, Houston City Council
Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston
Steven B. Schnee, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Lee Wunsch, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Joan Alexander, Founder, JFS Disability Services Alexander Institute for Inclusion
Connie Almeida, Ph.D., LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services Fort Bend County, Texas
Barbara Boyett, CEO, Avondale House
Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers
Ana Calvo, Rehabilitation Counselor, DARS
Kelli Cohen Fein, M.D., Physician, Chair, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
Todd Curry, Municipal Affairs Executive, Houston Airport System
Roberta Diddel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Disability 101
Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, ReelAbilities 2014 Co-chair
Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
Susan Fordice, President and CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
Chuck French, Administration Manager, Houston Parks & Recreation Dept.: Adaptive Sports & Recreation,
Debrah Hall, Head of School and Institute, the Monarch Institute
Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Community Member
Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals
Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation
Eddie Jessie, Community Resource Specialist, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force
Morton Katz, Ph.D., Psychologist, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
Rachel Kosoy, Coordinator, JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion
Eric Mayer, ReelAbilities 2013 Co-chair
Isabelle Mayer, ReelAbilities 2013 Co-chair
Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBug
Julia Perry, Community Member, The Monarch Institute
Amy Rahmani, Arts and Culture Program Coordinator, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Trish Rigdon, Executive Director, Houston Cinema Arts Society
Bryant Shaw, Director of Transition Services, The Monarch Institute
Sara Speer Selber, Community Member, Project Management Team
Jay Stiteley, Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
Karen Strupp, Ph.D., Psychologist, Community Member

CORE PLANNING COMMITTEE
Sheryl Rapp, Founder, The UP Experience
Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder, Sullivan Group
Rachel Davis, CDO, JFS
Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers

FILM SELECTION COMMITTEE
Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers
Graeme Campbell, Intern, JFS
Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist 6B, Communication Axess Ability Group
Deborah Downing, Ph.D., Community Member, Special Education Administration
Vikki Evans, Real Estate Agent, Martha Turner Properties
Jess Faerman, Coordinator, ReelAbilities, JFS
Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, ReelAbilities 2014 Co-chair
Cody Francisco, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
Joanne Graf, Chair, ReelAbilities 2016, JFS
Brooke Kaplan, Intern, JFS & ReelAbilities Houston
Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force, JFS
Rachel Kosoy, Coordinator, JFS Alexander Institute, JFS
Barbara Marcus, Owner, Marcus Personnel
Renee Margolin, Volunteer, JFS
Seth Mincberg, Volunteer, JFS
Lynae Novominsky, Volunteer Services Coordinator, JFS
Julia Perri, Community Member, The Monarch Institute
Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
Courtney Sandifer, Communications Specialist, Harmony Public Schools and Filmmaker
Ana Shah, Community Member, Epilepsy Foundation
Bryant Shaw, Director of Transition Services, The Monarch Institute
Teri Wathen, Hearing Loss Resource Specialist

FESTIVAL COORDINATION
Jess Faerman, ReelAbilities Coordinator
Sullivan Group, Team
Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder
Alyssa Aboloff, Producer
Jordan Lewis, Producer
Hilary Baars, Producer
Dene Williams, Producer

SPECIAL PROJECTS
ReelArt: The Art of Celebration
Nicole Longnecker, Owner, Nicole Longnecker Gallery
Samara Rosen, Curator, The Art of Celebration
Steven Rosenbloom, Volunteer, Celebration Company
Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company
Terri Higgins, Lunch with Celebration Company Photographers

REELMUSIC: AN ALL-INCLUSIVE JAZZ & BLUES JAM SESSION WITH THE PROS
Sebastian Whittaker, Musician & ReelMusic Emcee
Natalie Hausman-Weiss, ReelMusic Chair

REELEDUCATION & SPEAKERS OUTREACH
Adrianne Berger, Volunteer, JFS
Justin Deutsch, ReelEducation Coordinator
Jason Harris, Founder, JasonsConnection.org
Enrique Oliu, Film Star, ¡Henry O!
Ava Skrabanek, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Karen Cunningham, Commissioner, Houston Commission on Disabilities
Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
Meena Dhanjal Outlaw, Author
Tony Livesay, Retired Fire Fighter, HFD
Chuck French, Administration Manager, Adaptive Sports, Houston Parks & Recreation

VENUE LIAISONS
Hossein Farshchi, Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24 & RPX
Bunmi Gaidi, Arts Educator, Children’s Museum of Houston
Marian Luntz, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Jason J. Mosby, HCC W Loop S
Amy Rahmani, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Colleen Reilly, HCC Spring Branch

MEDIA ASSISTANCE
Allie Danziger, Founder, Integrate Agency
Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald Voice
Lynda Sanders, President, Strategic Marketing Solutions Company, Inc.
Susan Thomas, MPH, Marketing & Communications, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Alexis Tahara, Integrate Agency
Glenn Willey, Manager of Communications/Media, TIRR Memorial Hermann

REELWORKPLACE
Roberta Diddel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Disability 101
Rachel Kosoy, Coordinator, JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion

KEY SUPPORT
Tonya Slone, Executive Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with
Disabilities