Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival Feb 27th – March 7th

February 19th, 2015 by Amanda with no comments

10968569_10153108489642264_7987740339205937735_nThe Club Mom is so excited to help promote this Festival – which is organized by Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) and presented by Macy’s – it is our region’s largest, and one of the country’s largest film festivals that is all about exploring our differences and our shared humanity.

Thousands are expected to participate in this eight day event running from February 27 to March 7, 2015.   It all kicks off with a community WELCOME ‘Meet The Stars’ event at 9:30 am next Friday (Feb 27) on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. It will be like a news conference that is open the public to meet and ask questions of some of our most recognized Premiere Weekend VIPs including Marlee Matlin, Danny Woodburn, Kurt Yaeger, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Richard Bernstein; and local personalities including Teddy Kremer, Ken Anderson, Dave Parker, and Todd Portune.   (For more information:

2015 Film Line up

Little World
Follow 19-year-old Albert’s journey as he leaves his home of Barcelona to travel to New Zealand, his furthest destination yet. He’s won’t let anything get the way of his dreams, least of all his wheelchair.

Friday, February 27 at 7 pm at Cincinnati Art Museum
Presented by:  MC Mobility
Emceed by: Rich Jaffe, Local12
Hosted by and benefitting:  Building Blocks for Kids
Special guests:  Actors Danny Woodburn, Daryl Chill Mitchell, and Kurt Yaeger

Crash Reel
The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport – snowboarding; and one explosive issue, traumatic brain injury. A comeback story with a difference.

Saturday, February 28 at 1:30 pm at Kenwood Theatre

Presented by: Allegra Marketing
Emceed by:  Brad Johansen, Local12
Hosted by and benefitting:  LADD Inc.
Special Guest:  Film star Kevin Pearce

Touch of the Light
The story of a blind piano prodigy from rural Taiwan named Huang Yu-Siang, who stars as himself. Critically acclaimed, Touch of Light celebrates the triumphs of those who dare to dream.
Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 pm at Newport on the Levee
Presented by: Macy’s with support of Erma A. Bantz Foundation
Emceed by:  Jessica Brown, FOX19
Hosted by and benefitting: Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Special Guest:  Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Richard Bernstein

Does a man with no legs have a “disability” when he can run faster on his prosthetics than most people can? Fixed looks at the drive to be “better than human,” and the radical technological innovations that may make it possible.

Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm at the Cincinnati Museum Center
Presented by: UC Health
Emceed by:  Dr. Susan Wiley, CCHMC
Moderated by: Dr. James Buchanan, Xavier University

Hosted by and benefitting: Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati


Here One Day
Here One Day is a visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved, all seen through the discoveries of her daughter years later.

Monday, March 2 at 7:30 pm at Kenwood Theatre
Presented by: Interact for Health
Emceed by: Jessica Noll, WCPO
Hosted by and benefitting: Lindner Center of HOPE
Special Guest: film director Kathy Leichter

Where Hope Grows
A baseball star forced into early retirement struggles to adjust to the curve ball life has thrown him. He finds new life through an unexpected friendship with Produce, a local grocery store clerk who has Down syndrome.

Monday, March 2 at 6:30 pm at Great American Ball Park, Champion’s Club
Sponsored by: Dinsmore & Shohl
Hosted by and benefitting: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
Special Guests:  Cincinnati Reds’ Teddy Kremer, Film Star David DeSanctis, Film Producer Milan Malcolm

One man rethinks mental illness. Bipolarized follows Ross McKenzie as he embarks on a journey to treat his symptoms through alternative treatments and dig up the root cause of his mental breakdown.

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 at Esquire Theatre

Presented by: Mercy Health
Emcee: Gloria Walker, NAMI

Hosted by and benefitting: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Urban of Greater Cincinnati

Special Guest: Director and Film Star Ross McKenzie


Come As You Are
While their families think they are on a wine tour in Spain, three young men embark on a wild trip to a Spanish brothel that caters to people with disabilities, on a quest to lose their virginity

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 pm at Kenwood Theatre
Hosted by and Benefitting: Ohio Valley Residential Services

The Commute
To be screened at the LivABLE Cincinnati Luncheon. The Commute explores one man’s journey in a wheelchair navigating the New York subway. Join us for an exhibition and mid-day screening to discuss our own physical environment and look at innovative ways to adapt, featuring design solutions by UC’s DAAP program. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, March 3 from 12:00-1:30pm at Greater American Ball Park’s Champion’s Club
Emcee:  ReelAbilities National Field Director, Christa Zielke
Special Guests: Dave Parker, Cincinnati Reds; Ken Anderson, Cincinnati Bengals; Todd Portune, County Commissioner

Presented by: Metro

Lunch provided by : MSA Architects

It’s All About Friends
Max, a cinematographer, is invited to help on a film project by an old friend, but it’s not until he arrives that he realizes the documentary is about people with disabilities. As the film gets made, Max goes through a personal journey challenging his perceptions of disability.

March 4 at 7:30 pm at Kenwood Theatre
Presented by: Saul Schottenstein Foundation B
Hosted by and Benefitting: Hamilton County Department of Developmental Disabilities

Wampler’s Ascent
Steve Wampler, a teacher and father with cerebral palsy, must do 20,000 pull-ups to climb the famous El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite. His goal is to show kids with disabilities that they can do anything they set their minds to.

March 4 at 7 pm at Taylor High School
Presented by: Huntington Bank
Emcee: Mike Canan, WCPO

Hosted by and Benefitting: Taylor High School Inclusion Program

Special Guests: Stephen and Elizabeth Wampler, Film stars


Getting Up
Renowned graffiti artist TemptOne loses his creative voice after being paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s disease. Through technology and the help of his crew, he is able to create art, write again—and regain his street cred.

On Beauty
On Beauty challenges perceptions of beauty through the stories of people with genetic syndromes and disabilities across the globe.

March 5 at 7 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center
Presented by: Contemporary Cabinetry East
Emceed by: Erik Zarnitz, WLWT
Hosted by and Benefitting: Visionaries & Voices
Special Guest: Rick Guidotti, Photographer and founder of Positive Exposure


Note: Getting Up and On Beauty will be screened during the same event. On Beauty will also be shown Friday, March 6 at 1:30 and 3:15pm at University of Cincinnati, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies for UC students ONLY

Travis: A Soldier’s Story
Travis is one of five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. Travis: A Soldier’s Story is an intimate look into the daily inward and outward struggles of our wounded veterans and the difficult rehabilitation they face.

March 5 at 7 pm at Cincinnati Museum Center
Presented by: Fifth Third Bank
Emceed by: Sheree Paolello, WLWT
Hosted by and Benefitting: 4 Paws for Ability
Special Guest: Film Star Travis Mills

AKA Doc Pomus
Join us for a special evening of live music in celebration of iconic American songwriter Doc Pomus, with performances from The Perfect Children (Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEA) Nominee), The Hiders (CEA Nominee), Magnolia Mountain, and Phixx. The film AKA Doc Pomus brings to life the extraordinary journey of Doc Pomus, from being partially paralyzed by polio as a child to later becoming one of American popular music’s greatest songwriters, with classics like “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.”

Friday, March 6 at 6 pm at the Carnegie
Presented by: Q102

Emceed by: Jenn Jordan, Q102
Hosted by and Benefitting: Robert H. Friedman Memorial Foundation
Special Guest: Project Runway Star Justin LeBlanc

Habana Muda
Habana Muda tells the story of Chino, a deaf farmer in Havana, who is torn between staying with his family or joining a gay Mexican man named Jose who wants to help him leave Cuba. Habana Muda presents a very real look at the intricate webs we weave as humans in our quest for love, meaning and fulfillment.
Saturday, March 7 at 1:30pm at Esquire Theatre
Presented by: Barking Fish

Hosted by and Benefitting: Equality Cincinnati
Special Guest: Ray Bradford, National Labor and Equality Advocate

ASL Interpretation by: Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati


Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
While walking home from school, Ricky, a teenager with autism, stumbles into the overwhelming labyrinth of sensations that is the NYC subway system. As days pass with no word from Ricky, his fractured family must make amends in order to find him before it’s too late.

Saturday, March 7 at 1:30pm at Kenwood Theatre
Presented by: Hatton Foundation
Emceed by: Jenn Jordan, Q102

Special Guests:  Andrea Suarez Paz & Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Film Stars
Hosted by and Benefitting: Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati


Closing: ReelCincy
Focusing the lens on Cincinnati, ReelAbilities and the Cincinnati Enquirer are partnering to bring you several documentary shorts that are created by local filmmakers about local people.
March 7 at 7 pm at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Presented by: The Enquirer
Emceed: Michael McCarter, Enquirer
Hosted by and Benefitting: Starfire Council
ASL interpretation provided by: Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati