REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL (RAFF)

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BACKBONES is the host organization for ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) Chicago, coming September 9-13, 2015. ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the lives, stories and art of people with disabilities. Established in New York City in 2007, ReelAbilities has now spread to 14 cities across the US, each featuring films that inspire, challenge and unite us while celebrating our shared humanity. Chicago’s four-day festival will include the screening of 7-10 poignant films, engaging panel discussions and thought-provoking arts programs.

Festival Partners: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Columbia College, Chicago Cultural Center, Reva & David Logan Center, Adler University, StoryCorps

All events are FREE to the public! Please RSVP to events you’d like to attend so that RAFF can adequately prepare for space and refreshments. Attendees with accessibility needs will be able to request wheelchair seating, audio description, captioning, or a sign language interpreter during the RSVP process. Please click here to view the schedule and RSVP.

SCHEDULE:

Opening Night & Shorts
Wednesday, September 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Studio Xfinity Comcast, 901 Weed Street, Chicago, IL

Join us Opening Night at Comcast’s newest retail space, Studio Xfinity. Surround yourself with an interactive experience, food, drinks and fantastic short films, including the award-winning film ‘On Beauty’, produced by Chicago’s own Kartemquin Films.

Wretches & Jabberers
Thursday, September 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. , Chicago, IL 60618

Two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Traveling to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, they dissect, challenge, and reshape public conceptions along the way. (Runtime: 1h 30m)

Preceded by the short film, Sensory Overload. Stay for a panel discussion following the screening!

Little World
Friday, September 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. , Chicago, IL 60618

Albert loves life, and he won’t let anything get in his way, least of all his wheelchair. He’s traveled to dozens of countries, and this time, his destination is as far away as possible from his home in Barcelona: a lighthouse in New Zealand. (Runtime: 82m)

Preceded by the short film, The Commute. Share your travel stories during a meet-and-greet following the screening!

FIXED – The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
Saturday, September 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago, 175 W. Washington St. , Chicago , IL 60602

Told through the perspectives of five individuals with disabilities, FIXED enlightens and challenges the regular human body, and what it means to fundamentally be a human in the 21st century. (Runtime: 61m)

Also includes free admission to the TECHABILITY exhibit, which looks at the history of mobility, the present day technological advances, and the future of universal design and accessibility.

Six Points About Emma
Saturday, September 12 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Emma is a magnetic, attractive, almost thirty-year old blind woman. Determined to have a baby, she sets out on a search for a man to get her pregnant. (Runtime: 1h 25m)

Preceded by the short film, Guest Room. Stay for a special guest speaker following the screening!

Scarlet Road
Saturday, September 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton specializes in a long overlooked clientele— people with disabilities. (Runtime: 1h 10m)

A panel discussion will follow the screening. This is the first of two consecutive films on Sexuality and Disability, so consider a double feature!

Come As You Are
Saturday, September 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

A quirky road movie about three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. (Runtime: 1h 53m)

This is the second of two consecutive films on Sexuality and Disability, so come early for a double feature!

Lost and Sound
Sunday, September 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

What would happen to the music you love, if your hearing was lost? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, Lost and Sound journeys deep into sound and silence to rediscover music after deafness. (Runtime: 1h 16m)

Preceded by the short film, Sound Shadows. Stay for a live performance following the screening!

Getting Up
Sunday, September 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, graffiti artist TemptOne regains his creative voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art once again. (Runtime: 1hr 13m)

Preceded by the short film, Flying Ann. Stay for a meet-and-greet with local artists from the disability community following the screening!