Entries by reelchi

Fun Fact Friday presents: Granville Redmond, one of film’s earliest deaf actors

Fun Fact Friday brings you, our audience, facts and information sparking discussions related to “inclusion” as it intersects with disability, culture, and society. This Week’s Fact: While Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin may serve as one of the most well-known actors who is deaf (known for her role as Sarah Norman in Randa Haines’ Children of a Lesser […]

Meet The Team – Charlie Kessler, Planning Committee Member

  Charlie Kessler works as a freelance production assistant and editor in Chicago. Charlie was introduced to RAFF Chicago Co-Director Matt Lauterbach during an internship at Kartemquin Films. Matt encouraged Charlie to join the planning committee after they discovered a common interest in media accessibility. Having an older brother with autism and two aunts with visual […]

Meet The Team – Lauren Kalinoski, Planning Committee Member

I am a Biomedical Illustrator at UIC’s Department of Ophthalmology. Growing up in a very creative household, I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. In school I also developed a strong interested in anatomy, health, and science. Combining these interests as a medical illustrator allows me to translate research information into visuals. […]

Fun Fact Friday presents: “Coming Home” (1978), a film using cinematography to empower disabled veterans.

Fun Fact Friday brings you, our audience, facts and information sparking discussions related to “inclusion” as it intersects with disability, culture, and society. This Weeks’ Fact: In Hal Ashby’s Coming Home (1978), there are many early sequences taking place at a V.A. Hospital, where physically disabled Vietnam veterans are interacting with each other and taking part in sports […]

Meet The Team – Jonathan Bartholomy

I have connected to films for as long as I can remember. The first film I recall viewing in a theater was Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1989), watching it with a cousin. When I saw Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Bear (1988) with my father, I was somewhat traumatized by the growling and roaring of the […]

Meet The Team – Grishma Shah, Co-Director

  Grishma, is a Mass-Media Consultant that works with filmmakers, actors, curators and film festivals. When Grishma isn’t screening a film or curating a film festival, you will find her on a film set, in a script writing class, or preparing for her next art exhibition. “Films bring out an intoxicating concoction of feelings. Before […]

Fun Fact Friday presents: “Freaks” (1932), the film that shook the studio…executives!

Fun Fact Friday brings you, our audience, facts and information sparking discussions related to “inclusion” as it intersects with disability, culture, and society. Synopsis: Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932) follows traveling circus sideshow performers and their interactions with others behind the curtain. The film focuses on Hans, (Harry Earles) a little person who loves a nondisabled trapeze artist […]

Meet The Team – Matt Lauterbach, Co-Director

  I vividly remember my first lesson in empathy. When I was a small child, I bit my sister – regularly and repeatedly. To my parents’ great frustration, I wouldn’t stop. No amount of tears from my sister and no amount of scolding or pleading from my parents could change my behavior. What finally did […]

Meet The Team – Reveca Torres, Co-Director

While on a family vacation in Mexico, Reveca fractured her spinal cord in an automobile accident and was paralyzed. Reveca finished high school and started college unsure if she could physically pursue the career she had always dreamed of: fashion design. With a few adaptations, she was the first student using a wheelchair to complete […]

RAFF Chicago Coming October 2017

In January 2017 ReelAbilities Chicago started planning the 2017 Festival. We are excited to announce the dates will be October 4-8, 2017 and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces! The past few months we have been meeting and discussing our theme for this festival as well as screening films we might want […]