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ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival

ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in New York in 2007, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring the community together to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of the shared human experience. More Info

Past Films in This Series


Shooting Beauty

Directed by George Kachadorian
The MFAH hosts the closing night of ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival. In person: photographer Courtney Bent The career of fashion photographer Courtney Bent takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with disabilities. Bent invents cameras accessible to her new friends, and her efforts snowball into an award-winning photography program called Picture This, which is the backdrop for this story. more info

Getting Up: The TEMPT One Story

Directed by Casey Ebeling
Introductory remarks: Annise Parker, mayor of Houston; Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Panel discussion moderated by Joy Kaplan from Jewish Family Services follows the screening. Panelists include filmmaker Alex Luster and gallery owner Alejandro Arboleda. Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) and completely paralyzed, Tony “TEMPT” Quan, a legendary Los Angeles graffiti artist, public activist, and publisher, is unable to move, breathe, or speak—but his mind and spirit are intact. Mick Ebeling founded the Not Impossible Foundation in ... more info

Little World

Món petit

2012, in Catalan, Spanish, and English with English subtitles
Directed by Marcel Barrena
6 p.m. Reception in Museum Galleries 7 p.m. Film Screening 8:25 p.m. Discussion Nineteen-year-old Albert loves life and will not let his wheelchair hold him back. He has traveled to many countries with only 20 euros in his pocket, putting his faith in the kindness of people he meets along the way. This time his destination is even farther from his home in Barcelona: a lighthouse in New Zealand. For the first time, Albert's girlfriend joins him. Through animated sequences ... more info