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ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival

ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival, is a FREE city-wide film and arts festival to promote inclusion and celebrate the lives, stories, and talents of people with disabilities – making an impact that lasts far beyond the week of the festival. Hosted by the JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion in collaboration with Houston’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, a robust and exciting array of films, musicians, special events, and extraordinary speakers from around the world are being featured this year. All ReelAbilities Film Festival events are FREE of charge to the public. To learn​ more​ about ​this year’s​ films and events and to register to attend, please ​visit ReelAbilities Houston.

Who is Involved?

Vikki Evans, Chair, ReelAbilities 2017

Chair

  • Joanne Graf, Past Chair, ReelAbilities 2017

Honorary Committee

  • Joan and Stanford Alexander, Founders, Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Council Member Ellen Cohen, District C, Houston City Council
  • Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
  • Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
  • Steven B. Schnee, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Lee Wunsch, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Advisory Committee

  • Joan Alexander, Founder, JFS Disability Services Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Connie Almeida, Ph.D., LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Barbara Boyett, CEO, Avondale House
  • Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers
  • Ana Calvo, Rehabilitation Counselor, DARS
  • Kelli Cohen Fein, M.D., Physician, Chair, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
  • Todd Curry, Municipal Affairs Executive, Houston Airport System
  • Roberta Diddel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Disability 101
  • Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, ReelAbilities 2014 Co-chair
  • Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Susan Fordice, President and CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Chuck French, Administration Manager, Houston Parks & Recreation Dept.: Adaptive Sports & Recreation,
  • Debrah Hall, Head of School and Institute, the Monarch Institute
  • Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Community Member
  • Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Eddie Jessie, Community Resource Specialist, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force
  • Morton Katz, Ph.D., Psychologist, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
  • Eric Mayer, ReelAbilities 2013 Co-chair
  • Isabelle Mayer, ReelAbilities 2013 Co-chair
  • Helene Maltzman, M.Ed, Career Counselor, Business Developer
  • Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBug
  • Susan Farb Morris, Founder, Susan Farb Public Relations
  • Julia Perry, Community Member, The Monarch Institute
  • Amy Rahmani, Arts and Culture Program Coordinator, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Trish Rigdon, Executive Director, Houston Cinema Arts Society
  • Bryant Shaw, Director of Transition Services, The Monarch Institute
  • Sara Speer Selber, Community Member, Project Management Team
  • Jay Stiteley, Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Karen Strupp, Ph.D., Psychologist, Community Member

Core Planning Committee

  • Sheryl Rapp, Founder, The UP Experience
  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder, Sullivan Group
  • Rachel Davis, CDO, JFS
  • Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers

Film Selection Committee

  • Benigno Aceves, Division for Blind Independent Living Coordinator, DARS
  • Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers
  • Graeme Campbell, Intern, JFS
  • Mayra Cantu, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Dionni Dela Cruz, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Justin Deutsch, Volunteer, JFS
  • Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist 6B, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Deborah Downing, Ph.D., Community Member, Special Education Administration
  • Magui Dunn, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Vikki Evans, Real Estate Agent, Martha Turner Properties
  • Jess Faerman, Coordinator, ReelAbilities, JFS
  • Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, ReelAbilities 2014 Co-chair
  • Cody Francisco, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Joanne Graf, Chair, ReelAbilities 2016, JFS
  • Brooke Kaplan, Intern, JFS & ReelAbilities Houston
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force, JFS
  • Gary Lynn, The Gary J. Lynn Foundation
  • Grant Manier, Artist, Grant’s Eco Art
  • Barbara Marcus, Owner, Marcus Personnel
  • Renee Margolin, Volunteer, JFS
  • Isabelle Mayer, Chair, JFS
  • Chez Mcleggan, Photographer/Filmmaker
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Ana Shah, Community Member, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Bryant Shaw, Director of Transition Services, The Monarch Institute
  • Kara Smith, Therapist, JFS
  • Alexa Spolane, Intern, JFS
  • Teri Wathen, Hearing Loss Resource Specialist
  • Brian Young, Intern, JFS

Festival Coordination

  • Jess Faerman, ReelAbilities Coordinator

Sullivan Group, Team

  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder
  • Alyssa Aboloff, Producer
  • Jordan Lewis, Producer
  • Hilary Baars, Producer
  • Dene Williams, Producer

Special Projects

ReelArt: The Art of Celebration

  • Nicole Longnecker, Owner, Nicole Longnecker Gallery
  • Samara Rosen, Curator, The Art of Celebration
  • Steven Rosenbloom, Volunteer
  • Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company
  • Terri Higgins, Lunch with Celebration Company Photographers

ReelMusic: An All-Inclusive Jazz & Blues Jam Session with the Pros

  • Sebastian Whittaker, Musician & ReelMusic Emcee
  • Natalie Hausman-Weiss, ReelMusic Chair

ReelEducation & Speakers Outreach

  • Adrianne Berger
  • Justin Deutsch, ReelEducation Coordinator
  • Enrique Oliu, Film Star, ¡Henry O!
  • Ava Skrabanek, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Meena Dhanjal Outlaw, Author
  • Tony Livesay, Retired Fire Fighter, HFD
  • Chuck French, Administration Manager, Adaptive Sports, Houston Parks & Recreation

Venue Liaisons 

  • Hossein Farshchi, Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24 & RPX
  • Bunmi Gaidi, Arts Educator, Children’s Museum of Houston
  • Marian Luntz, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Jason J. Mosby, HCC W Loop S
  • Amy Rahmani, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Colleen Reilly, HCC Spring Branch

Media Assistance

  • Allie Danziger, Founder, Integrate Agency
  • Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
  • Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald Voice
  • Susan Thomas, MPH, Marketing & Communications, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Glenn Willey, Manager of Communications/Media, TIRR Memorial Hermann

ReelWorkplace

  • Roberta Diddel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Disability 101

Key Support

  • Tonya Slone, Executive Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival

4131 South Braeswood Boulevard

Houston, TX 77025

713-667-9336

ReelAbilities@jfshouston.org

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