Danny Chew is a former professional road racing and ultramarathon cyclist who twice won the Race Across America He is also co-founder and promoter of the Dirty Dozen, an annual road bicycle race over Pittsburgh’s thirteen steepest hills. Chew is a 2014 inductee into the Ultra Cycling Hall of Fame. Danny is also known as the “Million Mile Man,” as his longtime goal was to ride one million miles in this life. On September 5, 2016, at around 800 thousand miles into his quest, Chew was seriously injured when he suffered a dizzy spell while riding and crashed into a drainage ditch near Lodi, Ohio. The crash left him paralyzed from the waist down. While most people would have abandoned their dreams, Danny stayed true to his focused spirit, and continues his quest for one million miles, now using a handcycle.
Danny joins fellow handcyclist Attila Domos in conversation following the ReelAbilities Shorts Program, which features a screening of the documentary Attila’s Next Step.
Tirzah is a founder of Creative Citizen Studios (CCS), a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization dedicated to artists with disabilities. CCS seeks to support professional growth for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Pittsburgh through opportunities to create, exhibit and sell work. Creative Citizens also works with cultural institutions in accessibility education programs in order to build strong bridges between the arts and disability communities. Tirzah studied social enterprise businesses at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of public policy and graduated in 2010. Since 2012, Creative Citizen Studio has taught hundreds of museum professionals an empathetic approach to accessibility and has supported the career of 20+ talented artists with disabilities in weekly classes.
Tirzah will speak on a panel about local initiatives that are bridging art and disability in creative new ways, following the screening of Nise: The Heart of Madness.
View recent artworks by Creative Citizen Studios artists-in-residence at Partners in Print, the ReelAbilities Art Exhibit, located two doors down from the theater.
Attila Domos is a 49-year old professional musician, athlete (handcyclist) and writer, among other things. At the age of 25 he fell from a ladder, and was instantly paralyzed from the waist down. His strong will, belief in himself and his oppositional defiant attitude wouldn’t let him quit. Last August, at the age of 48 (when most athletes have long retired), Attila set out to prove that age is indeed nothing more than a number. He “unofficially” broke the 24-hour handcycling world record by riding 407.7 miles in said 24 hours. He’s now gearing up to break the record officially, by competing in the RAAM 6, 12 & 24 hour time trials this November (2017), in Borrego Springs, California.
Attila joins mentor and fellow handcyclist Danny Chew for a conversation following the ReelAbilities Shorts Program, which features a screening of the documentary Attila’s Next Step.
Jane is an award winning director from the UK. Her directorial debut feature film, My Feral Heart, is currently the UK’s most successful cinema-on-demand film of all time. Her multi-award-winning short film, Sunny Boy, has screened at over sixty international film festivals and has been broadcast on Channel 4 and ARTE TV. Jane has three feature films in development and is attached to direct Lost Seoul, based on the autobiography by Jin Stearns.
Jane will join ReelAbilities audiences for a conversation following the screening of her film, My Feral Heart.
Billy is very excited to be celebrating his 10th year as the Executive Director of The Center for Theater Arts! He has taught Acting and Musical Theater for the Performing Arts faculties of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), the CMU Pre-College Program and the PA Governor’s School for the Arts. In 1993, Billy received his BFA in Theater Arts and later returned for his MA in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008; both from Point Park University. As an actor, Billy has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in films, television and in regional theaters throughout the country.
Billy will join the audience for a conversation following the screening of Sanctuary.
Hattie Lehman, associate curator of education at Carnegie Museum of Art, oversees programming designed specifically for K–12 school students, educators, and other adult groups, including the In the Moment program. Collaborating with colleagues across the museum to make art accessible to all people is one of her favorite aspects of the job. Hattie received a BS in art education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in art history from The University of Montana. Originally from Johnstown, Hattie loves living and working in the beautiful landscape of Western Pennsylvania.
In the Moment
In the Moment tours enhance the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by engaging them in conversational experiences with visual art at Carnegie Museum of Art. These experiences provide participants with stimulating moments of socialization, personal connection to the past and present, and personal enjoyment. In the Moment was developed in partnership with Woodside Place in 2008 when art therapist Kara Berringer was having difficulty finding places throughout Pittsburgh that would welcome visits from her residents. She wondered if CMOA would be open to letting them visit. Carnegie Museum of Art accepted, and from there it has been a collaborative learning process to build this program.
Hattie will speak on a panel about local initiatives that are bridging art and disability in creative new ways, following the screening of Nise: The Heart of Madness.
Danielle is the Director of Learning and Public Engagement at The Andy Warhol Museum. Prior to The Warhol, Danielle was Director of Access and Community Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she oversaw broad institutional programming, compliance, and audience development efforts around accessibility and inclusion, as well as community-based partnerships and outreach strategies for populations that have traditionally been underserved by cultural organizations. She also served as the Education Coordinator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversaw school and public programs and managed programs and services for people with disabilities. In 2012 she received an Emerging Leader award from the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference, organized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has presented and taught nationally and internationally about her work with accessibility, community engagement, and impact and evaluation in museums. Danielle received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.S. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College.
Danielle will speak on a panel about local initiatives that are bridging art and disability in creative new ways, following the screening of Nise: The Heart of Madness.
Ann Talman was raised in Pittsburgh and recently finished the debut of her solo show, Woody’s Order!, at The REP at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Theater and Film, Ann was cast to play Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter in Lillian Hellman’s drama, The Little Foxes. A four-time Broadway actress having worked in theater, film and television, she is a life member of The Ensemble Studio Theater and a founding member of The New Group Theater, Naked Angels Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA. Her Woody’s Order! solo show was recently adapted into a documentary short film.
Ann will speak about her and Woody’s relationship following the screening of Woody’s Order!
Danny Woodburn is a veteran of over thirty films and 140 television appearances, with regular and recurring roles on some of America’s best-known shows, most notably as Mickey on Seinfeld. Danny raises awareness of the need for inclusion and understanding of people with disability as a speaker, author, teacher, and advisor for various mainstream media outlets as well as institutions and organizations, including Little People’s Research Fund, AAPD, California RespectAbility Coalition, Disability Rights Legal Center, USC – SCA Council on Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA Disability Studies, California’s EDD Media Access office, Actors for Autism, Partnership Resources, Inc. and ReelAbilities Film Festival. He serves on Ruderman Family Foundation International Council on Disability, and is co-vice chair of the SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities Committee.
Danny will join ReelAbilities audiences for a conversation following the screening of At Eye Level.