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Autistic Like Me: A Father's Story

A candid portrait of the father and male caregiver of children with Autism. Dispelling the archaic idea that "big boys don't cry," a group of fathers open up to each other about the fear, disappointment and ultimately, the acceptance of a parenting experience very different than ones they have envisioned.

Film followed by optional Supportive Group Discussion.

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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Bipolarized

One man rethinks his mental illness. Bipolarized follows Ross McKenzie as he embarks on a journey to treat his symptoms through alternative treatments and dig up the root cause of his mental breakdown.

Brief Schedule:
Theater Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Film Begins: 7:00 pm
Postscreening Panel Discussion: 8:20 pm

Collaborating Partners: Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, Isensee Foundation for Safe Police Response

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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Body and Soul (De Corpo e Alma)

The amazing story of three young Mozambicans with physical disabilities, who work to help others in their community. Their daily lives reveal how they see themselves, raising questions or self-acceptance and how to find one's place in society.

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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Come As You Are

On a quest to lose their virginity, three young men with disabilities embark on a wild road trip. Their families think they are on a wine tour in Spain, but this is a cover for their true destination- a Spanish brothel that caters to people with disabilities.

Brief Schedule:
Theater Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Film Begins: 7:00 pm
Closing Night Reception: 9:00 pm

Collaborating Partners: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Legacy Community Health and Memorial Hermann's Heroes in Health.

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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Enter the Faun

The unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation.

As Tamar Rogoff trains Gregg Mozgala to dance in her performance, they discover that her lack of formal medical training and his fears and physical limitations are the impetus for her choreography and their unprecedented discoveries. Enter The Faun is the story of a joyous, obsessed journey toward opening night. It challenges the boundaries of medicine and art, as well as the limitations associated with disability.

Director: Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright, Documentary, 67 min, USA, English

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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Fixed

Told through the perspectives of five individuals with disabilities, the implications of emerging biological and human technology enhancements are analyzed. Holding professional knowledge, as well as firsthand experience, a textured and personal debate is ensued, Economics and agendas help shape a conversation on what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie

Tony Kane plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he's just another guy who happens to be deaf. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang is also deaf and is having a hard time. When Tony and Jacob's paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. Featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin.

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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Opening Night: Keep the Change & Mimi and Dona

Join us for a display of sweet confections. A night for communities, families and all faiths in partnership with Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

Keep the Change: A coming-of-age love story about a wealthy young man with social disorders who meets a woman at a group for people with intellectual disabilities.
Mimi and Dona: For 92 year-old mother, Mimi, who for 64 years has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, aging means facing the fact that she will not outlive her daughter, The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with disabilities and details the ripple effects of Dona's disability on three generations of a Texas family.

Brief Schedule:
Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm

Address5601 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77081
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ReelArt: Lunch with the Art-Makers

This lunch will feature ten Celebration Company artists and award-winning commercial photographer Frank White who accompanied them on a photo shoot. The work produced during the photo shoot will be available for viewing and Frank White will share their experiences and insights from the photo shoot.

Address2625 Colquitt Street
Houston, Texas 77098
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ReelPeople: UP Abilities

This event, a partnership with The UP Experience, is the kickoff event and opens the festival on February 16 at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music with presentations from extraordinary thought leaders on mental and physical disabilities and topics of inclusion.

This event is free to the public, registration required. After the speakers' presentations, attendees can attend smaller Q&A sessions with the speaker of their choice. The reception is sponsored by IberiaBank.

This year's speakers include:

Henry Evans

Henry Evans at age 40 became quadriplegic and mute after a stroke-like attack caused by a hidden birth defect. He is a frequent and enthusiastic collaborator with robotics teams such as Robots for Humanity who are developing tools to help the severely disabled navigate their lives and the world. Years of therapy helped him learn to move his head and to use his finger allowing him to use a head- tracking device to communicate with a computer using experimental interfaces. He currently collaborates with Georgia Tech on using the Willow Garage PR2 robot as a surrogate, as well as RLAB at Brown on quadrotors for expanding range of motion.

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal is a world-renowned game designer, and an expert on the engagement economy and the application of game-design to the real world. She serves as the Director of Game Research & Development with the Institute for The Future in Palo Alto, California. Jane’s book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list, reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury.

Elise Roy

Elise Roy is a deaf lawyer, artist, artisan, and human rights advocate who works in the vanguard of the social design movement, which holds that designers have the capacity and responsibility to address and resolve human problems on micro and macro scales and thereby contribute to social well-being. Deaf from the age of ten, Elise has been a design thinker from early on, constantly adapting her environment and its tools to serve her extraordinary abilities. At Brown University, Elise was recognized as one of the nation’s elite soccer goalkeepers and she began to see herself as an advocate for people with non-normative abilities. When Elise was in law school, she began working on the International Disability Rights Treaty at the United Nations, the first such human rights treaty to be passed in the 21st century, and she traveled the world to see it put into action.

Address6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005
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Short and Sweet: Coaching Colburn, Hear This!, & One Year Later

Coaching Colburn : 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.

Hear This! : When 10 year-old Tristan wants his dad to become the trainer of his soccer team, the club won't allow it because his father is deaf. Tristan decides to prove them wrong.

One Year Later : At the age of 23, Rosa Post suffered a traumatic climbing injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down. "One Year Later" tells the story of Rosa's resilience and the community of friends that healed with her.

Brief Schedule:
Theater Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Films Begins: 7:00 pm
Postscreening Discussion featuring One Year Later's Film Star & Director: Rosa Post and Nick Chambers: 8:00 pm

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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The Finishers

In a bid to bond with his distant father, Julien, a charming 17 year-old with cerebral palsy, challenges him to competing together 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 the love between father and son.

Brief Schedule:
Theater Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Film Begins: 7:00 pm

Address3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, Texas 77027
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UP Abilities

ReelAbilties Presents ReelPeople: UpAbilities
An Extraordinary Evening with Extraordinary Speakers in Partnership with The UP Experience/Up2

KEVIN PEARCE - Topic: Surviving and Thriving: Life after the Crash

ELEANOR LONGDEN - Topic: Learning From the Voices in My Head

DREW LYNCH - Topic: Embrace Life Even When it Throws You a Curveball

Brief Schedule:
Reception: 6:15 pm
Program: 7:00 pm

Address5601 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77081
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