ReelAbilities programs have been presented in multiple locations across New Jersey since 2014. In 2017, the Office of Education and Community Outreach in the College of the Arts at Montclair State University, in partnership with Kean University, and JCC MetroWest, expanded the reach of ReelAbilities programming in Northern New Jersey. This initiative was made possible by a generous grant from Kessler Foundation. Montclair State University has since served as the lead location for ReelAbilities New Jersey with additional film screenings and ReelAbilities programming offered at Kean University and JCC MetroWest. In 2019, The ReelAbilities Film Festival | New Jersey expanded further to include film screenings and special events at Montclair State University, Kean Stage, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Film, JCC MetroWest, JCC Bridgewater and Newark Arts.
ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
Founded in NY in 2007, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
This year’s events include:
Tuesday, August 31 (6:30-8:00pm): Screening of Best Summer Ever
Tuesday, September 28 (6:15-8:30pm): Screening of Deaf Jam
Tuesday, October 19: Streaming of “Conversations With…” Elaine Katz interview with Heidi Latsky regarding On Display, as well as Behind the Scenes of On Display mini-documentary.
Tuesday, November 9: Screening of Crip Camp