In recent years, the Cincinnati area has become host to an increasing number of film festivals. This is certainly great for cinephiles throughout the area. Fans of the moving image have a unique and interesting film festival to look forward to in March - ReelAbilities: Cincinnati Disabilities Film Festival. The festival takes place March 9th-16th at various locations throughout the Cincinnati area.
ReelAbilities is unlike any other film festival. According to the festival website, "ReelAbilities: Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities." The festival originated in New York, and has now spread to thirteen cities throughout the country. This year's festival features a different film each day. The screenings are all accompanied by discussions lead by expert panelists from all over the country.
Premiere Night takes place Saturday, March 9th at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Premiere Night festivities include a screening of the film Shameless: The Art of Disability, dinner, and an after party with live music by the Naked Karate Girls. The keynote speaker, David Roche, appears in the film Shameless: The Art of Disability. Tickets can be purchased through the festival's website.
Closing Night features a screening of Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott and a Q&A session with Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of New York's White Columns. Closing Night at the Contemporary Arts Center is free, but registration is required for the event. You can register for Closing Night on the festival's website.
Also, ReelAbilities is hosting a free (yes, free!) preview night on Friday, March 8th. This promotional event features the festival's short film selections.