Films and Events

Films & Events

ReelAbilities strives for inclusion and offers many accommodations. All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible. We also offer audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille for select events and upon advance request. Please see each film or event listing for accessibility information. Anyone needing additional accommodations to participate should contact the screening location in their city in advance of the event.

Trivia Tuesday Fundraiser


STATE Restaurant (935 W. Webster Avenue)
Support ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago at STATE restaurant with a fundraiser filled with Trivia, food, and drinks! We are selling $20 wristbands in order to raise money for the festival. When you arrive to STATE wearing a wristband, you will be given a $10 gift card to STATE restaurant to use at a later date.

Giving away $1000 in cash prizes to top 2 teams and over $1200 in raffle prizes and gift cards. The rules are simple, the questions are not… 7 rounds of at least 7 questions, general trivia, pop culture, sports, and music you will run into for sure, for the rest of the rounds… anything goes! Pick whatever team name you like, and we keep it old fashioned, answers are written on scratch paper we provide that you turn in at the end of each round. Teams are limited up to 5 players max, and every participant in here gets a raffle ticket.  

The seating is competitive and fills up around 7:15pm, we encourage all players to try and arrive by then!

2017 Schedule



6:00-9:00 PM

Location TBD
Invitation Only
Up to six independent filmmakers will be selected and have the opportunity to screen their work-in-progress to members of the Kartemquin and disability community. The screening is followed by critique in an intimate feedback session.



7:30-10:00 PM

Comcast Studio Xfinity (901 W Weed St.) 

Shorts Program starts at 8pm

Birthday (16 min.) – A severely wounded Marine returns home to his wife after months of surgery and rehabilitation.
Children of God (10 min.) – A young amputee bets his prized possessions on his crush winning the boys vs. girls soccer match.
I Don’t Want to Go back Alone (17 min.) – A 15 year-old blind teenager and his best friend face issues of jealousy and other new feelings when they befriend a new kid in their class.
Welcome to the Last Bookstore (11 min.) – A day in the life of a bookstore owner—a father, husband, small business owner, and paraplegic—showing the store’s magnetic appeal to the community.


At Eye Level (100 min.)

6:30-9:00 PM

Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

When 11-year-old Michi finds his estranged father’s address, he can’t believe his luck, but when they meet and Michi discovers that his father, Tom, has dwarfism, Michi and Tom are forced to confront both disability and fatherhood head on.

Panel discussion — 8:30 pm


Do You Dream in Color? (76 min.)

6:30-9:00 PM

Chicago Cultural Center  (78 E Washington St)

The poignant coming-of-age story of four teens who navigate the growing pains of high school, but, unlike most teens, face another challenge—they are blind. Through their personal stories, we learn of the experience of being blind and how these fearless teenagers navigate through it.

Short: Beyond Blind (3 min.)- Chicago dramatist Todd Bauer, who is blind, talks about how he writes his plays. (3m)

Panel discussion — 8:00pm


The Rebound (65 min.)

10:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Washington Park Fieldhouse (5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.)

Follow the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team, in their quest for a national championship. It is a story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our innate ability to connect and work together despite challenges.

Short: 4 Quarters of Silence (17 min.) The Texas School for the Deaf Rangers, the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments takes on a competitive league.

Adaptive Sports Activity — 12:00pm

Enter the Faun (67 min.)

2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St) 

The unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation. It challenges the boundaries of medicine and art, as well as the limitations associated with disability.

Inclusive Dance Workshop with Momenta — 3:30pm

My Feral Heart (83 min.)

5:30 PM- 7:30 PM

Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down Syndrome, into a care home, where his frustration finds release in unexpected friendships and the revelation of long-buried secrets.

Short: I Don’t Care (14 min.)A mother-to-be faces the possibility of having a child with Down syndrome.

Panel discussion — 7:00pm

Imagine (105 min.)

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St) 

Ian, a specialist in spatial orientation, teaches his blind students to move around without using their canes, encouraging them to risk the unknown.


Deaf Jam (70 min.)

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave)

ASL poetry changed Aneta Brodski’s life. Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics as Aneta finds herself in an unexpected collaboration and bold journey into the spoken word slam scene.

Performance & Reception following the film