NYWIFT at the 8th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival
NYWIFT co-presents Do You Dream in Color? by directors Abigail Fuller & Sarah Ivy at the 8th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival preceded by brunch and the panel Beyond Hollywood: Authenticity and Opportunity.
DATE: Sunday, March 13th, 2016
VENUE: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (between W 75th St and W 76th)
12PM PANEL - Beyond Hollywood: Authenticity and Opportunity
Filmmakers and actors with disabilities continue to have limited access to opportunities in film and television. Onscreen depictions of disability rarely ever include people with disabilities. How can disabled artists find a permanent place at the table? With new formats and platforms opening doors to a more diverse and accessible production and programming, people of all abilities SHOULD be able to break through Hollywood’s less accessible barriers and create a more inclusive media landscape. In this provocative panel discussion, leaders in the field will talk candidly about the continued lack of representation of disability at all levels of production. Join us for this constructive conversation to learn from industry professionals as they discuss their own career paths and explore the tension between authenticity and artistic license, between accuracy and appropriation.
Co-presented with SAG-AFTRA, NYC Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, and Inclusion in the Arts.
Do You Dream in Color?
Dir. Abigail Fuller & Sarah Ivy
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.
ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival is presented annually in 15 cities throughout the U.S. and features award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.