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Salt Lake City ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival

Salt Lake City will be hosting its first ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival in 2016. The festival is hosted by the SLCC Community Writing Center, The City Library and Salt Lake Community College. By hosting ReelAbilities, we hope to create a community conversation about disability. We are interested in disability rights and disability awareness, but more importantly we are interested in disability as a site of cultural innovation and inspiration. We are inspired by the transformative perspective of artist Neil Marcus who asserts, “Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.”

The ReelAbilities National Film Festival

The ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival was initiated at the JCC in Manhattan in 2007. The festival was the first of its kind to present award- winning films by and about people with disabilities. Screenings took place at multiple venues throughout the city and they were followed by discussions that brought together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience

In 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio was the first city to follow in New York’s footsteps by hosting a ReelAbilities Film Festival. Since then, the festival has spread to over a dozen cities in North America, and we have received more than 500 films for consideration submitted from across the globe. In 2014, the festival’s national headquarters moved to Cincinnati where it is being managed by a nonprofit, Living Arrangements for Developmentally Disabled (LADD), Inc.

Who is Involved?

Andrea Malouf

Andrea Malouf, Festival Director

Andrea is the Director of the SLCC Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College where she teaches writing and literature. For the last two decades, she’s worked as a magazine journalist, an editor-in-chief of five publications, an information designer, a literary arts volunteer with many local organizations, and a mom. She writes fiction and nonfiction when time permits (usually between midnight and 2 a.m.).

Melissa Helquist

Melissa Helquist, Festival Director

Melissa is the Associate Director of the Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. She has been teaching writing for the past twenty years in a variety of contexts: in writing centers, online, in the classroom, and from a canoe in the northwoods. She is a disability studies scholar and an accessibility advocate.

Presented by JCC Manhattan in partnership with LADD; National Presenting Partners: Saul Schottenstein Foundation, Jason's Connection, Butler Foundation; National Sponsors: SAG/AFTRA, AXA

ReelAbilities: Salt Lake City

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