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The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival

The ReelAbilities NY 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.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival

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.

Portland Disability Pride Art & Culture Film Festival

2016 will be the kickoff year of Portland’s first Disability Film Festival. Portland Reelabilities is presented and produced by Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP), a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities. Through this film festival, DACP hopes to grow the audience for disability art in Oregon.

Who is Involved?

Kathy Coleman, MSW

Kathy Coleman is the Artistic Director of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP). She founded DACP with other Portland area Disabled dancers due to the difficulties finding accessible and welcoming places to dance. She has trained with both integrated and non-integrated dance companies and teachers. She uses movement and film to portray the lived experiences of Disability realities and dreams. Her focus is on a Disability aesthetic in art and honors the beauty and intriguing creativity that comes from human variation.

Cheryl Green

Cheryl Green is a filmmaker, blogger, and podcaster focusing on disability culture, identity, and activism. She is a Closed Captioner and transcriptionist, making streaming video and podcasts more widely accessible. Cheryl is a member of the Bread and Roses feminist radio collective at KBOO Community Radio and a board member of Disability Art and Culture Project. www.WhoAmIToStopIt.com

Rick Hammond

Rick Hammond is a performance artist based in Portland, OR. He is also a disabled activist who has been interested in cinema from an early age. Rick is excited to bring ReelAbilities to the Rose City, because he believes the Festival will help his able bodied counterparts see members of the disability community as regular people.

Rich Hinz

Rich Hinz is an actor with cerebral palsy, resulting in unique physical traits that add depth and interest to the roles he plays. He has worked in theatre and film for more than 25 years and holds a master’s degree in theatre from Central Washington University. Rich’s work can also be seen in industrial projects and commercial voiceover.

Laura Nash

Laura is a writer and artist. During the weekdays, she works at Northwest Health Foundation as a Communications Coordinator, managing social media accounts, composing e-newsletters, creating graphics, and more. In the evenings and on weekends, she participates in the People’s Ink writers’ community, paddles on the Willamette River, and makes book and paper-based art.

Alyson Osborn

Alyson began working on social justice issues in 1968 when she gave up grapes to support the boycott initiated by Caesar Chavez. (She loved grapes!) Since then her work has centered on education equity, youth, gay rights, helping women transition out of prostitution, homelessness, poverty, prison reform, arts access, mental health, and working to stop police brutality. Alyson believes that true social justice pertains to all sentient beings, and that welfare of animals must be strongly protected. Alyson is also a proud member of the Oxford Comma Club and would like to dedicate her work to Aunt Kathleen, Jared, Jon, and Ava.

Vicki Raethke

Vicki is a lifelong Portlander. She has worked at Oregon Health & Science University for the past 22 year and is an active member of the Ability Resource Group. She performs at comedy shows with Stand Up for Mental Illness, breaking stigma one joke at a time. In her spare time she loves traveling to the beach and spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

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