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  • 2016 ReelAbilities - Boston Disability Film Festival

    April 3 through April 14, 2016

    Posted Monday March 28 2016 at 7:25 pm.
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    Mark your calendars for this year's annual ReelAbilities - Boston Disability Film Festival, which starts on April 3, 2016 and ends on April 14, 2016.

    ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people and is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities from a variety of communities.  All venues are wheelchair accessible.

    Highlights include:

    TransFatty Lives: At 30, Patrick O'Brien was TransFatty, a New York City DJ, internet personality, and filmmaker.  Then his legs started shaking.  Transfatty Lives takes you on an emotional roller-coaster into the dark heart of ALS.  As the director and star of his own documentary, Partick films every step of his debilitating journey for first diagnosis though paralysis.  Forcefully lacking in self-pity, he captures the emotion, humor, absurdity of life as he makes art, gets political, falls in love, fathers a son, and fights depression.  April 3, 2016 10:00 a.m., Showcase Cinema de lux Revere.

    The Way He Looks: Leo, a blind teenager is determined to leave Sao Paolo to study abroad-to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana.  But Leo's plans change when he is paired on a school project with Gabriel.  As the boy's interest in each other grows, Giovana begins to reveal her own feelings, growing increasingly jealous of Gabriel.  April 4, 2016 6:30 p.m., Emerson College, Boston.

    Autism in Love: Finding love can be hard for anyone, but for those with autism the challenges may seem overwhelming.  Autism can affect the core characteristics of a successful relationship – communication and social interaction.  Filmed in a highly personal style, Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype shattering look at four people pursuing and managing romantic relationships.  April 7, 2016 6:45 p.m., Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton.

    Gabriel: Gabriel (Rory Culkin) longs for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with a mental illness and is convinced that reuniting with his ex-girlfriend is the key.  In a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit, Gabriel tests the limits of his family as his inner demons begin to close in around him.  April 10, 2016 12:00 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    Becoming Bulletproof: Diverse group of people with disabilities from across the U.S. takes on leading roles in a magical, rip-roaring, costume-drama Western, filmed on vintage Hollywood locations.  This riveting film-within-a-film immerses us in a dynamic, inclusive world, raising questions about why we so rarely see real actors with disabilities on the "big screen".  April 10, 2016 3:00 p.m., JERICHO, Holyoke.  OR April 12, 2016 7:15 p.m., Cotting School, Lexington.

    The festival includes many other films, events, receptions, and discussions.  Be sure to visit the ReelAbilities website for full details, venue directions, prices, and the complete schedule.

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