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ReelAbilities: NJ Disability Film Festival to Amplify the Voices of America's Largest Minority

  • Date : 2018-04-06 : Rev. 2018-08-23
  • Press Release* : Kean University : kean.edu
  • Synopsis : Kean University to host ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival, featuring screenings films from around the world complemented by engaging programs, all related to the disability community.

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Film Fest to Amplify the Voices of America’s Largest Minority - Kean University to host ReelAbilities: NJ Disability Film Festival, April 19-22.

From April 19-22, Kean University will host the ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival, featuring screenings of more than 20 films from the United States and around the world complemented by engaging programs, all related to the largest minority group in America - the disability community.

"Kean Stage is committed to presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the arts, audiences and artists," said Steve Cochran, manager of Kean Stage. "ReelAbilities furthers that commitment by challenging perceptions and stereotypes through authentic portrayals and fictional stories that provide viewers a glimpse into the lived experiences of people with disabilities."

Pictured: Margarita with a Straw, a funky, coming-of-age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy who moves to New York City to attend NYU - From April 19-22, Kean University will host the ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival, featuring screenings of more than 20 films from the United States and around the world.About This Image: Pictured: Margarita with a Straw, a funky, coming-of-age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy who moves to New York City to attend NYU - From April 19-22, Kean University will host the ReelAbilities: New Jersey Disabilities Film Festival, featuring screenings of more than 20 films from the United States and around the world. Kean's event begins with a screening of American Veteran on Thursday, April 19.

Highlights of the subsequent screenings include;

  • Mind Over Matter, a real-life story of a young man with cerebral palsy who achieves his dream of becoming a rock guitarist modeled after the band Korn;
  • Defiant Lives, an exploration of the disability rights movement;
  • Patrick's Day, an intimate look at living with mental health concerns.

Short films will precede each feature film.

An encore ReelAbilities presentation of Margarita with a Straw will be held on Sunday, April 22 as part of Kean Stage's International Film Series. The film is a funky, coming-of-age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy who moves to New York City to attend NYU.

ReelAbilities celebrates the lives, stories and artistic abilities of people from across a wide spectrum of disabilities and captures the current zeitgeist of the disability community.

Post-screening programs bring the broader community together with musicians, artists, experts and other guests to further explore the themes and stories presented in the films.

This is the third time that Kean has hosted the ReelAbilities Film Festival since it made its New Jersey debut in 2013.

ReelAbilities New Jersey is led by Montclair State University with support from the Kessler Foundation. Montclair State University, Montclair Art Museum and JCC MetroWest will also host films between April 3-22.

ReelAbilities provides all-captioned content.

Assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, CART, audio description, and Braille and large-print programs are available with advanced request to the venue.

Kean Stage venues are wheelchair accessible and ample accessible parking is available.

For more details about the festival, or to purchase tickets, visit www.kean.edu/ReelAbilitiesNJ

Kean University and Kean Stage

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University's five undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctoral degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master's degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu

Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several options to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff. Visit ​www.keanstage.com​



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