Marcel Barrena / Spain 2012 / Catalan/Spanish / 83 min
World traveler Albert Casals doesn’t let his use of a wheelchair get in the way of his adventures. The 19-year-old sets out on a new journey to the farthest point from his home in Barcelona to a lighthouse in New Zealand… with his girlfriend Anna, his wit and charm, and just 20 euro in his poc
The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker / USA / 2013 / 109 min. / Documentary / Open Captions
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. (This film was selected exclusively by Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, and was not part of the national selection pool)
Touch of The Light
Chang Jung-chi / Taiwan / Min Nan/Mandarin / 2012 /
The story of a blind piano prodigy from rural Taiwan named Huang Yu-Siang, who stars as himself. Critically acclaimed, Touch of the Light celebrates the triumphs of those who dare to dream.
FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
Regan Brashear / USA / English / 2013 / 60 min. / Documentary / Open Captions
Does a man with no legs truly have a “disability” when he can run faster than most people in the world? What does it mean to be “normal” in a world where increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” to get ahead each day? Fixed looks at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may make it possible.
Here One Day
Kathy Leichter / USA / English / 2012 / 76 min. / Documentary / Open Captions
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. Also featuring a local story short by Cincinnati Enquirer.
Where Hope Grows
Chris Dowling / USA / English / 2014 / 95 min. / Narrative / Open Captions
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. (This film was selected exclusively by Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, and was not part of the national selection pool)
Celebrity Guests: The Cincinnati Reds’ Teddy Kremer; Film Star David DeSanctis; Film Producer Milan Chakraborty
Rita Kotzia / USA / English / 2013 / 76 min. / Narrative / Open Captions
One man rethinks his 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.
Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista)
Geoffrey Enthoven / Belgium / 2011 / 115 min. / Narrative / Open Captions / Audio Description
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.
It’s All About Friends
Lena Koppel / Sweden, 2013 / Swedish / 91 min
The beloved characters from The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes return! When the group decides to shoot a film about their lives, Peter calls his old friend Max, a successful, yet lonely and depressed, NYC-based cinematographer. When Max arrives he realizes that the documentary he has promised to shoot is about people with disabilities and he is forced to confront his own prejudices.
Jacques Spitzer / USA / 2012 / 77 min / Documentary / Open Captions
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.
Casky Ebeling / USA / English / 2012 / Documentary
In 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.
Joanna Rudnick / USA & Kenya / English / 2014 / Documentary
On Beauty challenges perceptions of beauty through the stories of people with genetic syndromes and disabilities across the globe.
Travis: A Soldier’s Story
Jonathan Link / USA / English / 2013 /60 min. / Documentary / Open Captions
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. Shown in partnership with the upcoming exhibit, Treasures of Our Military Past, at Cincinnati Museum Center. The V.A.’s Mobile Health Screening Unit will be present along with other agencies that provide services and recreational opportunities to veterans at this special event.
(This film was selected exclusively by Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, and was not part of the national selection pool).
AKA Doc Pomus
Peter Miller and Will Hechter/ Canada/USA / English / 2012 / 98 min. / Documentary / Open Captions / Audio Descriptions
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.”
Eric Brach / France/Cuba / Spanish / 2011 / 61 min. / Documentary / Open Captions
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.
Stand Clear of The Closing Doors
Sam Fleischner/ USA / Spanish & English / 2014 / 98 min. / Narrative / Open Captions / Audio Descriptions
The story of a boy on the autism spectrum named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It’s here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of discovery while, above ground, his fractured family must come together to search for him.
ReelCincy / Closing Night Shorts
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.
Academy Award-Winning Actress
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Seinfeld
Daryl Chill Mitchell
NCIS New Orleans, Veronica’s Closet
Sons of Anarchy
Michigan Supreme Court Justice
Founder, Positive Exposure
Cincinnati Reds; Honorary Festival Chair
Producer, Where Hope Grows
Actor, Where Hope Grows
Director, Here One Day
SSG Travis Mills
Protagonist, Travis: A Soldier’s Story
Former U.S. Snowboarding Champion
Retired Army Ranger
Protagonist, Wampler’s Ascent