What: Reel Abilities Film Festival, a film and arts celebration that advocates inclusion and focuses on people with disabilities.
Why: This ten-day film festival shows films and sponsors peripheral art events dedicated to handicapped themes and memes. Film premieres include Swim Team (swim competition with autistic participants); Prison Dogs (incarcerated inmates afflicted with PTSD working with puppies as therapeutic means to an end); At Eye Level (an orphan meets his long lost father and realizes that his dad has dwarfism); plus films from Israel, Brazil and Germany that deal with real life situations based on medical conditions that make life different from what the average bear experiences. Additionally, there are a lot of short subject films dealing with similar issues.
Speakers include Mandy Harvey, a deaf singer who was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” and Joseph Bensmihen, the first Canadian student with physical maladies who was admitted to a Canadian public school. Other events include ReelMusic, a jazz and blues session at White Music Hall (2/22).
Where: The Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 (3839 Weslayan Street) and other select venues.
When: February 12 through 22, 2018. This affair is in its sixth year, and more information can be found at www.reelabilitieshouston.org.