Films and Events

Films & Events

ReelAbilities strives for inclusion and offers many accommodations. All films are open captioned or subtitled and all venues are wheelchair accessible. Many films include Audio Description, as noted below. We also offer ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille upon advance request. Please see each film or event listing for accessibility information. Anyone needing additional accommodations to participate should contact Melissa Helquist at or 801-957-2192

All ReelAbilities events are FREE


Wednesday, May 18

The City Library | 210 East 400 South

Logo: VideoWest, KUER 90.1 Salt Lake City
VideoWest Shorts

7 PM

A  collection of short films from local filmmakers featuring  a glimpse of diverse, creative & compassionate lives.

Open Captions

A Good Life, Too: Alonzo Clemons | A Good Line | 4 min

Everything is Incredible | Tyler Bastian | 10 min

Fallen Tree | Vita Brevis Films | 7 min

Gerda | VideoWest | 4 min

Keith Gabel  | Vita Brevis Films | 7 min

Paralyze Me | VideoWest | 6 min

Project Listen: Featherstone Brothers | Matt Jensen & Jake Featherstone | 6 min

Ties the Room Together | VideoWest | 5 min

Warren | Spencer Merrick | 5 min



Thursday, May 19

Park City Film Series | Jim Santy Auditorium | 1255 Park Avenue | Park City, UT

Three cowboys stand, poised to draw. Becoming Bulletproof film still.
Becoming Bulletproof

6:30 PM

Directed by Michael Barnett
80 min | 2014 | USA | English | Not Rated

Open Captions

A diverse group of people with disabilities from across the U.S. takes on leading roles in a magical, rip-roaring, costume-drama Western, filmed on vintage Hollywood locations. This riveting film-within-a-film immerses us in a dynamic, inclusive world, raising questions about why we so rarely see real actors with disabilities on the “big screen.”

Presented by Park City Film Series and National Ability Center, in association with ReelAbilities Salt Lake City

Friday, May 20

The City Library | 210 East 400 South

Aneta Brodkski signing. Film still from Deaf Jam.
Deaf Jam

6:30 PM

Directed by Judy Lieff
70 min | 2011 | USA | English/ ASL | Not Rated

Open Captions

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet – creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.

Saturday, May 21

The City Library | 210 East 400 South

Close up on a figure wearing neon green boots and a superhero's cape. He is standing in a crowd. SuperDeafy film still.
No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

11 AM

Directed by Tony Kotsur
78 min | 2013 | USA | English/ ASL | PG

Open Captions | Audio Description
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.

Close up of a teen's hand holding a white cane. He wears a spiked cuff and the cane says "revolution." Do you dream in colour? film still.
Do You Dream in Colour?

1 PM

Directed by Abigail Fuller & Sarah Ivy
76 min | 2014 | USA | English | Not Rated

Open Captions | Audio Description

The poignant coming-of-age story of Connor, Nick, Sarah, and Carina, who navigate the growing pains of high school, but, unlike most teens, face another challenge—they are blind. Do You Dream in Color? captures their journeys as they strive to achieve their goals: to be a sponsored skateboarder, to travel the world, to become a rock star, and to be the first in one’s family to graduate high school. Through their personal stories we learn of the experience of being blind and how these fearless teenagers navigate through it.

A teenage girl watches the ocean, a calm smile on her face. Marina's Ocean film still
Festival Shorts

3 PM

Open Captions

Bumblebees | Dir. Jenna Kanell
4 min | USA | English

Despite being told as a child that he would never walk or speak, Vance accomplished the impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

Coaching Colburn | Dir. Jeff Bemis
16 min | USA | English
James Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who finds joy in small things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him.

Marina’s Ocean | Dir. Cássio Pereira dos Santos
16 min | Brazil | Portugese
A teen with Down Syndrome visits the sea for the first time.

Perfect | Dir. Karim Ayari
12 min | Canada | English
Julius meets with his psychologist after what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics.

Sensory Overload| Dir. Miguel Jiron
3 min | USA | English
An animated glimpse into the sensory overload experienced by people with autism.

Welcome to the Last Bookstore | Dir. Chad Howitt
11 min | USA | English
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.

Silhouette of Vasu Sojitra standing atop a peak in front of an orange and red sunset. A Grand Pursuit film still.
A Grand Pursuit

4:30 PM

Open Captions

Directed by Will Strathmann
23 min | 2015 | USA | English | Not Rated

Vasu Sojitra is the first leg amputee to attempt climbing the Grand Teton mountains without using a prosthetic leg.

Tempt One lays in bed, wearing a DIY eye-tracking device. Getting Up film still
Getting Up: The Tempt One Story

6 PM

Open Captions

Directed by Casky Ebeling
73 min | 2012 | USA | English | Not Rated

Renowned graffiti artist Tempt One loses his creative voice, after being paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s disease. Through technology and the help of his crew, he is able to create art, write again–and regain his street cred.

Close-up of a smiling young woman. Margarita with a Straw Film still.
Margarita, with a Straw

8 PM
Mature Content

Open Captions
Directed by Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar
97 min | 2015| India | English/ Hindi | Not Rated

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.