Event Category: Screening

Just, Go! & Perfectly Normal for Me

A group of children and young adults in a dance class

Just, Go!:
Just, who lost both of his legs in an accident, chases the thieves who stole his crush’s purse.

Perfectly Normal for Me:
At a unique after school dance program in Queens, kids with a variety of physical and developmental challenges pair with teenage volunteer helpers to create an inclusive environment too often absent in our world.

Followed by ReelEd Chat with StopGap Foundation Founder Luke Anderson: 2:45-3:30 PM

Tickets: Just, Go! & Perfectly Normal for Me

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Design-Ability

A man in front of a yellow wall

The design studio La Casa de Carlota in Barcelona harnesses the unique skills of a creative team which includes members with Down syndrome and autism.

Followed by a workshop from 1:30 – 3:00 PM about universal design and accessible design elements.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reelabilities-toronto-presents-design-ability-at-the-design-exchange-tickets-45083483914

More information about the film: Design-Ability at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Defiant Lives

A group of people crossing a wide city boulevard

Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with reflective interviews and the personal stories of men and women with disabilities, Defiant Lives details the rise of the disability rights movement in Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.

Followed by Defiant Lives: Stories of Disability Rights panel with our sponsor Community Living Toronto. Moderator Sue Hutton will lead the conversation with 3 community and self-advocates: Mika Hjorngaard, Robert Lattanzio, and Peter Park.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reelabilities-toronto-presents-defiant-lives-tickets-45108668241

More information about the film: Defiant Lives at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Unspoken & Deej

A teenage girl running through a field with a city skyline behind her

Unspoken:
14-year-old Emma Zurcher-Long sees and hears the world, as she put it, in ‘Hi-res, technicolor and surround sound’.

While it may not always be easy for people to understand where Emma is coming from, it has become her mission to teach the world how potent, powerful and dynamic the life of an autistic teenager actually is.

To achieve this Emma uses the keyboard to strengthen her communication with others. Applying her insightful writing as a catalyst and remedy to the fear and misunderstanding surrounding autism, Emma presents UNSPOKEN as a collaborative self-portrait. Her quest to enrich our understanding of what it means to be human takes Emma to conferences and schools across North America, where she shares a message of hope, love and acceptance.

As a chronicle of a teenager coming into her own, and as a work advocating for the rights of all peoples, UNSPOKEN is a lesson on, and celebration of, living an authentic life.

This is Emma’s debut as co-director.

Deej:
DJ Savarese (“Deej”) finds comfort in words, as expressed by his poetry, which belies his high school senior standing. Yet he only “speaks” through a text-to- voice synthesizer. Adopted by a loving and supportive family, Deej navigates the college admissions process as a young adult on the autism spectrum, while confronting obstacles to inclusion.

Followed by a Q&A with Unspoken Director Geneva Peschka.

Tickets: Unspoken & Deej

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Deej

A young man in a graduation cap and gown carrying a diploma

DJ Savarese (“Deej”) finds comfort in words, as expressed by his poetry, which belies his high school senior standing. Yet he only “speaks” through a text-to- voice synthesizer. Adopted by a loving and supportive family, Deej navigates the college admissions process as a young adult on the autism spectrum, while confronting obstacles to inclusion.

Join us after the film for a Q&A with Adam Wolfond, from the ReelEd Film Adam’s Bar MItzvah.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reelabilities-toronto-presents-deej-tickets-45089498905

More information about the film: Deej at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Step Into My World & Deafening Darkness

A woman looking over her shoulder in the foreground; a church in the background

Step Into My World:
A one-day shoot where the entire crew is deaf, except an aspiring hearing production coordinator who comes to work without knowing the life-changing experience that awaits him.

Deafening Darkness:
A Deaf woman searching for her missing friend encounters a mysterious alien struggling to come to terms with its traumatic past. Deafening Darkness is a collaboration between Deaf and hearing filmmakers, in the first all Deaf cast psychological horror of its kind to come out of Toronto!

Panel discussion: Deaf Films in the Making 5:45 – 6:30 PM

Tickets: Step Into My World & Deafening Darkness

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By Stanley For Stanley

A man using his foot to hold an ice cream cone for a child

Several dozen years apart in age, both Stanislaw and Stas were born without arms. A remarkable artist who uses his feet to paint, draw, eat, and drive, Stanislaw becomes an important mentor to young Stas, a boy still learning to navigate his unique place in the world.

Followed by reeled chat: 2:45 – 3:30 PM

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reelabilities-toronto-presents-by-stanley-for-stanley-tickets-45103785637

More information about the film: By Stanley For Stanley at ReelAbilities Film Festival

The Barber of Augusta & Being Rachel

A young man shaving his own head with an electric shaver

The Barber of Augusta:
Matt works at his own salon by day, but at night, he dresses up as a superhero, sets up a salon stool on a busy Toronto street corner, and gives free haircuts to the homeless.

Being Rachel:
A documentary about youth with developmental disabilities putting on a play about their lives.

Q&A With Matthew Genser and Dr. Yona Lunsky.

Tickets: The Barber of Augusta & Being Rachel

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A Different Kind of Day & Unspoken

Two young adults walking down a city sidewalk

A Different Kind of Day:
Two young adults with Down Syndrome have an unsettling encounter.

Unspoken:
Unspoken stars and is co-directed by 14 year old Emma Zurcher-Long, a teenage girl who is challenging societal judgment surrounding autism, one keystroke at a time.

Join us after the film for a conversation with the cast of A Different Kind of Day and the director of Unspoken.

Tickets: A Different Kind of Day & Unspoken

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