‘ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver’ Promotes Awareness and Appreciation of People with Different Disabilities Through Film

Festival comes to Denver and Boulder August 24-31, 2022 through JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center

DENVER, Colo., July 27, 2022 –The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is hosting the second annual Colorado-based ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver in-person in Denver and Boulder from August 24-28 and virtually from 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 showing in-person and 13 films that can be accessed virtually along with supplemental programming and Q&As. 

ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver begins on 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 building relationships with individuals and organizations within the disability community and provides a platform to increase awareness of the programs and services that they provide,” said Jenna Gragg, festival coordinator at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center. “In addition to the films, we are excited to feature artwork by Uzi Buzgalo, a deaf, Israeli artist, thanks to a partnership with Access Gallery. The art will be on display throughout the festival in the JCC Mizel Reception Room.”

Films will be shown in Denver, Boulder and virtually. For a complete list of films, visit https://reelabilitiesdenver.eventive.org/welcome.

Phamaly Theatre Company’s film ‘Imperfect,’ featuring local Denver talent, will run on the closing night of the festival in Denver on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with the Phamaly Theatre Company’s actors and production crew.

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

  • Open captions: English-language subtitles that depict narration, dialogue, and any sound cues are built into all film files.
  • Audio description: Narration describing visual elements for the blind and visually impaired is available for all in-person screenings and is built into select virtual films as separate catalog listings.
  • ASL interpretation will be provided for all in-person spoken content, with auto-captioning available for live-streamed content.
  • Tickets are available on a sliding scale payment model so patrons can pay $5, $10 or $15 per film screening to allow participation of all interested community members at a ticket price that is accessible to them. 
  • Our theatre is wheelchair accessible. Patrons who need wheelchair access 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 home access at any time of 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 in the south facing 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 JCC MIZEL ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER

As one of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier arts organizations, the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at-large. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and is guided by a mission that is focused specifically on arts and cultural programs. A variety of festivals are offered throughout the year including Denver Jewish Film Festival, JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music Fest), and 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 REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL

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

ABOUT STAENBERG – LOUP JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, the Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) serves the metro-Denver area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, sports and other programs that are rooted in Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place, guided by these timeless Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s five program areas focus on connection, community and well-being and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatic center; early childhood engagement, including the Early Learning School and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival (JAAMM Fest), Denver Jewish Film Festival, and ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; and engagement programming 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.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram @jccdenver or call (303) 399-2660.

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