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.

ReelAbilities Montclair Film Festival October 30th – November 5th 2016

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Montclair State University Films

1 Normal Ave.

Montclair, NJ, 07043

Nov.1st The Finishers (Family Friendly Film) and short film Bumblebees (Family Friendly Film) – Post screening discussion panel

8pm- University Hall room 1070

Nov. 2nd Margarita with a Straw (CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT, LANGUAGE AND IMAGES; Ages 18+ ONLY) with post screening discussion with Broadway actress Ali Stroker-

6:30pm – Leshowitz Recital Hall in John J. Cali School of Music

Nov. 3rd No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie (Family Friendly Film) with post screening presentation/discussion- NO Limits presents Silent NO MORE with Kathy Buckley

 7:45pm – University Hall room 1070

All films and post film discussions at Montclair State University are FREE but tickets need to be reserved in advance.

The Finishers – Nov. 1st- 8pm

University Hall 1070

In a bid to bond with his distant father, Julien, a charming 17 year old, with cerebral palsy, challenges him to compete in the Ironman triathlon- a near impossible feat. This is not just a sports film, but a story of one family’s exemplary journey and a portrait of love between a father and son. (95 min).

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Bumblebees – Short Film- Nov.1st

Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating. This award winning project was written, shot, and edited in just 48 hours for The Disability Film Challenge. (4 min.)

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Margarita with a Straw- Nov. 2nd- 6:30PM

Leshowitz Recital Hall in John J. Cali School of Music

A funky, stereotype- busting coming of age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy.  Laila, an aspiring writer and secret rebel in a wheelchair, is accepted to New York University and leaves India for Manhattan. After a chance encounter with a fiery female activist, Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world and its liberal sexualities. tackling subject matter rarely explored with lightheartedness, this TIFF award winning drama is a beautiful, bold and brave portrait of love, identity, and sexuality. Margarita with a Straw is joyous cinema bound to win your heart. (140 min.)

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No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie- Nov. 3rd- 7:45 PM

University Hall 1070

Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, No Ordinary Hero (featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin) is the evolution story of a hero in this family drama. While Tony Kane, a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy, Jacob Lang, to redefine what “being normal” means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself. Jacob is being bullied at school and is constantly misunderstood by his father. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. (79 min.)

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Montclair State University Post Film Presenters

Post Film Discussion Panel includes:

Nov. 1st

Laura OíReilly RN, leads the Easter Seals New Jersey Be Well! & Thrive Health and Wellness programs for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Joan Vidra co- founder of the Bergen County chapter of Achilles, veteran marathoner and half-marathoner.

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Ali Stroker – Nov. 2nd

Ali Stroker is the first actress in a wheelchair to be on Broadway. She recently played the role of Anna in the revival of Spring Awakening. Ali was a finalist on season two of The Glee Project and then played Artie’s love interest on GLEE.   Her performance in the role of Olive in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned Ali a Barrymore Award nomination. She is a graduate of New York University and the first person in a wheelchair to graduate from Tisch’s drama program.  She is an advocate for people with different abilities and believes any limitation can be an opportunity.

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Kathy Buckley- Nov. 3rd 

Kathy Buckley is the first female comedienne with a hearing loss. She will share her unique life experiences, inspire laughter, break down barriers, and empower change in her performance in Silent NO MORE by No Limits.

“You see, there is a new generation of deaf people and unfortunately no one has really taken notice of them.  It’s always been black and white: hearing or deaf. Now there is deaf speak and they are in the middle, the grey area.” – Kathy Buckley

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Silent NO MORE- Nov. 3rd

No Limits will present their production of Silent NO MORE. Silent NO MORE is comprised of witty, inspiring and raw stories that remind us all of the power of the human spirit.  In this theatrical documentary, individuals showcase their experiences of growing up with a hearing loss, through monologue, highlighting both their struggles and successes of living in a hearing world.  The intimate evening wraps up with a Q&A between the audience and cast, so that audience members gain a greater insight, dispelling negative perceptions about hearing loss.

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Directions and Parking Information (MSU ONLY)

For driving directions and public transportation directions to Montclair State University click here

Parking is avalabile in the Red Hawk Deck. For campus map and directions to the Red Hawk Deck click here or click here

JCC MetroWest Films

Maurice Levin Theater

Leon & Toby Cooperman Building

760 Northfield Avenue

West Orange, NJ 07052

October 30th 5 PM – Shooting Beauty and On Beauty with post screening discussion

7 PM- Complimentary photo shoot for ticket holders.

Limited Availability – Call to Reserve 973.530.3421

November 3rd 7:00 PM- 2E: Twice Exceptional

November 5th 7:30 PM- A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt

Tickets may be purchased for JCC MetroWest screenings at

Tickets are $5 per screening or a $12 package that includes a ticket to each film.

Shooting Beauty – Oct. 30th – 5PM

Shooting Beauty tells the story of fashion photographer Courtney Bent whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities. (60min)

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On Beauty – Oct. 30th – (following Shooting Beauty) 

Photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world along with its restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows. (30min)

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This documentary follows the personal journeys of a group of high school students who have been identified as “twice exceptional”.(54 min)

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A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt – Nov. 5th- 7:30 PM 

This docu-drama tells the story of a blind factory owner, Otto Weidt.  Award-winning journalist and author, Inge Deutschkron, provides her incredible personal account of Weidtís shrewd efforts to save her, her mother, and the rest of his employees from the Nazis. (90 min)

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JCC MetroWest Post Film Presenters

October 30th 

post-screening discussion with Rick Guidotti and complimentary photo shoot with Jan Press included with purchase of ticket

Limited Space – purchase tickets and call 973.530.3421 for your photography portrait time/free portrait package

  Rick Guidotti – award-winning photographer and founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts,education and advocacy organization.

November 3rd

Post Film Discussion Panel with :

Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Coordinator MetroWest Able

Alison Brown – Educational Consultant & Advocate for Gifted

Sonya Selig – community building, awareness, and organizing & leading parent support groups

Beth Manes, Esq – Special Education Planning and Advocacy

November 5th 

Post Film Discussion with:  

Elsa Zavoda – Program Director Vision Loss Alliance of NJ

Art Exhibit 

Celebrate our artists’ beautiful work that is hanging in the JCC MetroWest’s Gaelen Gallery (floor above the theater) and our theater lobby. You will see artwork created by students of ECLC, Spectrum 360, WAE Center and JCC MetroWest’s Special Needs Services. This art is intense and beautiful work created by individuals with different abilities. Join us in their celebration of the creative process.

Event Information 

Accessibility Information

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 ReelAbilities strives to include all people.  CART and ASL will be available for all showings at MSU. CART services funded by NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by October 15.

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Accessibility Information (JCC MetroWest) – ReelAbilities strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly by October 15.

All films are captioned and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

Organizing Agency:

Montclair University

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


College of the Arts

ReelAbilities, presented by JCC Manhattan, in partnership with Ladd Inc. National sponsors: Jason's Connection , Saul Schottenstein Foundation B.

ReelAbilities: Montclair

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Montclair State University

1515 Broad Street Campus, Bloomfield, NJ 07003