Event Category: Festival

BAFF’s Beyond Barriers: Shorts Screening

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A free event screening a series of curated, local and international short films, made by or featuring people living with disabilities. This event is held in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

More information on the BAFF website

Films

Fabulous Fringes: A poem by Leah Kelley brought to life.

Rolling Without Fear: Fear is something that may stop people from achieving their goals. However, for Thiruvarangan Thirunimalan, despite his disability he continues to overcome obstacles and live his travel dream.

Wavy Head: At 9 months old, a team of surgeons cut open my skull, removed my face, put my eyes on a table, reshaped my head. Wavy Head isn’t about a rare birth defect or even about an operation that might have killed me: Wavy Head is about grappling with self image and personal uniqueness, an honest account of a widespread journey.

Same Nightmare: A young disabled teenager entering high school finds himself working towards gaining a better life for himself while also altering the perceptions of the people around him regarding their views of people with disabilities.

Sincerely Anthony: Everyone deals with the suicide of a friend differently. We grew up together, and one day, he was gone, leaving no letter, no explanation, nothing behind. This film was an exploration of the acceptance of a best friend’s death through an imagined letter left behind.

Perfect Brothers: Harry was born with a facial disfigurement due to a condition called “Goldenhar syndrome”. He is one of twins and this follows the story of the close bond with his brother Oliver. After many operations to improve Harrys appearance he still gets a lot of negative attention but ultimately, he is a happy child.

My Name is Leo: A day in the life of a very special little boy called Leo.

Art of the Morning: A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.

Just go!: Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST, who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door – IEVA. The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob IEVA in front of JUST. In the blink of an eye JUST decides to follow the thieves to retrieve IEVA’S bag and conquer her heart.

KYRA: A vitiligo model inspiring people to not to be afraid of their own appearance.

Swim Bike Run: Attracted to water from an early age, 15 year old, autistic, James Carson has learnt to run, swim and cycle to compete in triathlons.

BAFF’s Beyond Barriers: Shorts Screening

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A free event screening a series of curated, local and international short films, made by or featuring people living with disabilities. This screening is rated PG for minor language. This event is held in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

More information on the BAFF website

Films

Transform: Transform is a short autobiographical documentary which explores individuals living with the repercussions of spinal injuries. Through their journey of grief and resiliency, we uncover how similar incidents can have different outcomes and that one injury can leave you stronger than ever before.

La Lluvia Habla (The Rain Talks): A filmmaker explores the challenges that Latinas face from within their own families and the larger hispanic community when talking about mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

The Day I Stopped Talking: The Day I Stopped Talking animates a poem by the same name which describes the poet/filmmaker’s early life experiences with depression and psychosis. Poet, novelist and filmmaker Anna Quon is a mixed race, middle-aged, mobility-challenged Mad woman who has lived mostly in Dartmouth and Halifax since the day she was born.

A Cochlear Implant: A short infographic about how a Cochlear Implant works.

Overcome: The life of a man who tragically lost his vision at a young age, but through it all kept pushing towards finding joy in life again. A documentary about the inspiring story of Chris Delaney, a man who overcame disability to achieve his dreams after accumulative head trauma left him partially blind in the prime of his life.

A Real Boy: A 24-year old who suffers from autism shares his perspective on life and his struggles. His mother tells stories about his struggles and what it’s like to have an autistic son.

Twice Exceptional: Samuel Faux joined YDA as one of our youngest students, having recently finished 9th grade at Woodland Park Middle School. His interest in the program stems from wanting to tell his own story of growing up with Apraxia of Speech. In addition, Samuel excels above most of his peers in math, creating a simultaneous diagnosis of TWICE EXCEPTIONAL. The result is the film by the same name, a personal account of one family’s coming to terms with a less known condition and navigating doctors and speech therapists while finding strength in overcoming and attaining acceptance of one’s full exceptional self.

Asher – A Therapeutic Family Dog: Asher, a seven year old border collie lives with Harriet’s parents, Sandra Haycock and Angus Johnston. Sandra has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for almost thirty years and Angus deals with arthritis and has trouble with his mobility. He is not a registered therapy dog, however he has clearly become an incredibly valuable member of the family.

Under The Weather: When shifts in a young woman’s mental health come to life as shifts in the weather, she struggles to enjoy a “sunny picnic” with her oblivious boyfriend.

1 Billion: There are 1 Billion people with a disability in the world. Yet with so many people with disabilities, one would imagine they are accepted as part of society, have equal opportunities to education and work – however, in this short documentary film, we learn that people with disabilities are less than second class citizens. Statistics show that people with disabilities are still struggling to be recognised as equals, with many demonstrating their ‘ability’ to make a significant contribution to the broader community, just like everyone else.

“Singing to Myself” Feature Film + Q&A

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Debt. Underemployment. Awkward relationships. Singing to Myself, a 2016 Atlantic Film Festival selection, tells the story of a young deaf woman living in Prince Edward Island and the precocious musician who comes into her life.

Attend this free screening of Singing to Myself, written and directed by Harmony Wagner and starring Sophie MacLean, Heidi Grant and Andrew Murray.

There will be popcorn, refreshments and a brief post-screening Q&A with writer-director Harmony Wagner and Accessible Media Inc. described video specialist Simone Cupid, moderated by AMI Accessibility Officer Chris O’Brien.

This event is presented in partnership with Accessible Media Inc.

More information on the BAFF website

Intro to Accessible Filmmaking

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When discussing accessibility in media, Described Video (DV) is often overlooked. Although DV has existed for decades, it has yet to be embraced in the same manner as closed captioning. However, if making your project accessible to the widest audience possible is your goal, DV cannot be overlooked.

In this workshop, run by Accessible Media Inc. described video specialist Simone Cupid, we will explore DV as a concept, its importance, and the art and science behind producing effective description. The workshop will segue into the introduction of Integrated Described Video (IDV), an AMI concept and innovation, whereby description is organically integrated into a project, alleviating the need and implications of a secondary audio track.

More information on the BAFF website

BAFF’s Beyond Barriers: Shorts Screening

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A free event screening a series of curated, local and international short films, made by or featuring people living with disabilities.

More information on the BAFF website

Films

Fabulous Fringes: A poem by Leah Kelley brought to life.

Rolling Without Fear: Fear is something that may stop people from achieving their goals. However, for Thiruvarangan Thirunimalan, despite his disability he continues to overcome obstacles and live his travel dream.

Wavy Head: At 9 months old, a team of surgeons cut open my skull, removed my face, put my eyes on a table, reshaped my head. Wavy Head isn’t about a rare birth defect or even about an operation that might have killed me: Wavy Head is about grappling with self image and personal uniqueness, an honest account of a widespread journey.

Same Nightmare: A young disabled teenager entering high school finds himself working towards gaining a better life for himself while also altering the perceptions of the people around him regarding their views of people with disabilities.

Sincerely Anthony: Everyone deals with the suicide of a friend differently. We grew up together, and one day, he was gone, leaving no letter, no explanation, nothing behind. This film was an exploration of the acceptance of a best friend’s death through an imagined letter left behind.

Perfect Brothers: Harry was born with a facial disfigurement due to a condition called “Goldenhar syndrome”. He is one of twins and this follows the story of the close bond with his brother Oliver. After many operations to improve Harrys appearance he still gets a lot of negative attention but ultimately, he is a happy child.

My Name is Leo: A day in the life of a very special little boy called Leo.

Art of the Morning: A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.

Just go!: Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST, who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door – IEVA. The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob IEVA in front of JUST. In the blink of an eye JUST decides to follow the thieves to retrieve IEVA’S bag and conquer her heart.

KYRA: A vitiligo model inspiring people to not to be afraid of their own appearance.

BAFF Jr. Children’s Event

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A free reading by CEO Tova Sherman of reachAbility’s very own original book, the Fountain of Harmony. The Fountain of Harmony is an official selection of the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and is a story celebrating inclusion, diversity, and finding out where you belong.

The first 25 families to attend will receive a free copy of the book to read along with and take home. All ages are welcome and snacks will be provided!

More information on the BAFF website