Second Annual “ReelAbilities Denver” Film Festival Raises Awareness for People with Disabilities Through Film


Festival comes to Denver and Boulder August 24-31, 2022

The JCC Mizel Art and Culture Center organizes the second edition Colorado-based ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver in person in Denver and Boulder August 24-28 and virtually August 24-31. The festival promotes awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. The festival includes nine films screened in person and 13 films accessible virtually, as well as additional programming and Q&A.

ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver begins Wednesday, August 24 at 6 p.m. with a free opening night reception and community resource fair at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center preceding the opening night film, ‘The Specials.’ The Community Resource Fair will allow attendees to engage with festival partners and sponsors to learn more about the organizations.

“ReelAbilities encourages relationship building with individuals and organizations within the disability community and provides a platform to increase awareness of the programs and services they offer,” said Jenna Gragg, Festival Coordinator. at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center. “In addition to the films, we are delighted to present works by Uzi Buzgalo, a deaf Israeli artist, thanks to a partnership with Access Gallery. The art will be exhibited throughout the festival in the JCC Mizel reception hall.

The films will screen in Denver, Boulder and virtually. For a full list of movies, visit https://reelabilitiesdenver.eventive.org/welcome.

Phamaly Theater Company Film ‘Imperfectfeaturing local Denver talent, will take place during the festival’s closing night in Denver on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with the cast and production team of the Phamaly Theater Company.

The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center has worked to make the ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver accessible to everyone by implementing:

  • Open captions: English subtitles that describe the narration, dialogues and all sound cues are embedded in all movie files.
  • Audio description: Narration describing visuals for the blind and visually impaired is available for all in-person screenings and is integrated into some virtual films as separate catalog listings.
  • ASL interpreting will be provided for all in-person spoken content, with automatic captioning available for live-streamed content.
  • Tickets are available on a sliding scale payment model Thus, customers can pay $5, $10 or $15 per film screening to allow all interested community members to participate at a ticket price that is accessible to them.
  • Our theater is Wheelchair accessible. Customers requiring wheelchair accessible seating can purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in person at our box office.
  • Hybrid Festival: This festival will be offered both in-person and virtually for in-home access any time of the day. Please note that while we strive to make all films accessible virtually, certain limitations prohibit a fully hybrid festival.

The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is located on the south lot of the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit jccdenver.org/reelabilities.

ABOUT THE JCC MIZEL ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER

As one of the premier arts organizations in the Rocky Mountain region, the JCC Mizel Art and Culture Center illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, film, and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community as a whole. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a Tier II member of the Science and Culture Facilities District (SCFD) and is guided by a mission that specifically focuses on arts and culture programs. A variety of festivals are offered throughout the year, including the Denver Jewish Film Festival, the JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music Fest), and the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org/arts-culture or call 303-316-6360.

ABOUT THE REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL

ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation for the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Founded in New York in 2007, the festival screens international and award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in several New York locations, then travels internationally to cities in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring the community together to explore, discuss, embrace and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ABOUT STAENBERG – WOLF JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Celebrating its 100e anniversary in 2022, the Staenberg Jewish Community Center – Wolf (JCC Denver) serves the Denver metropolitan area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, athletic and other programs rooted in Jewish values. The mission of JCC Denver is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place guided by these timeless Jewish values. The five program areas of JCC Denver focus on connection, community and wellness and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatics facility; early childhood engagement, including early learning school and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Festival of Jewish Arts, Authors, Films and Music (JAAMM Fest), the Denver Jewish Film Festival and the ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; and engagement programs for teens, young adults, seniors, and the LGBTQIA+ community. The JCC Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.orglike us on Facebook and instagram @jccdenver or call (303) 399-2660.

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