ReelAbilities: The Pittsburgh Disabilities Film Festival
ReelAbilities Pittsburgh is a program of JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum—a nonprofit arts organization that presents independent films from around the world to deepen both Jewish and general audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity. JFilm founded ReelAbilities Pittsburgh in 2012 and presented its first festival in 2013. Now entering our fourth season, we consistently present award winning films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities. Through a variety of post-screening discussions and other engaging supplemental programs, we strive to bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
ReelAbilities Pittsburgh is presented in partnership with the FISA Foundation whose funding focus includes individuals with disabilities. JFilm’s expertise in film presentation in conjunction with FISA’s connection to, and knowledge of, the disabilities community allow for ReelAbilities Pittsburgh to be a truly inclusive, diverse, and unique cultural event. In addition to community sponsors, we are supported each year by a dedicated core planning committee as well as a community team who help to expand the visibility of the festival through social media, general publicity and word of mouth. The team is made up of individuals with disabilities, professionals in the field, disability advocates, parents, and caregivers.