Reel Abilities Film Festival: Jesse Billauer, Endless Abilities
Reel Abilities Film Festival
Jesse Billauer is a well known surfer from Pacific Palisades, California. Billauer suffered an accident at the age of 17 on March 25, 1996, hitting his head on a shallow sandbar after being knocked off his surfboard by a wave.
In the spring of 2012, four best friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities, and lived to tell the story in a feature documentary film.
From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, our cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active. We went rock climbing with the blind, played soccer with quadriplegics, and swam with those with muscular dystrophy, to name a few. Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.
Reel Abilities, Toronto
The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival was initiated at the JCC in Manhattan in 2007. The festival was the first of its kind to present award- winning films by and about people with disabilities. Screenings took place at multiple venues throughout the city and they were followed by discussions that brought together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
The ReelAbilities Film Festival
In 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio was the first city to follow in New York’s footsteps by hosting a ReelAbilities Film Festival. Since then, the festival has spread to over a dozen cities in North America, and we have received more than 500 films for consideration submitted from across the globe. In 2014, the festival’s national headquarters moved to Cincinnati where it is being managed by a nonprofit, Living Arrangements for Developmentally Disabled (LADD), Inc.
Do’s and Dont’s
RAFF has taken several measures to ensure that the festival is as accessible as possible to audience members of all abilities. • All festival venues used by RAFF are fully wheelchair accessible and companion seating is available. • All films will screen with open captioning and/or subtitles. • American Sign Language interpreters and CART will be present at select screenings, panels, and where requested by individuals. • Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will receive a free ticket for his or her support person. • Service animals are welcome. • Four of the feature films have audio description with Phonic Ear Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) available at select screenings. Individual describers of visual content will be available upon advance request at all screenings. • A scent-free policy will be in effect. • All screenings will be sensory friendly (slightly lower volume and dimmed theatre lights). – See more at: http://toronto.reelabilities.org/films-and-events/#sthash.BJQCgw6Y.dpuf