Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is proud to be a sponsor of ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

The weeklong festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performances, presented annually across the New York metropolitan area. As a key sponsor, we invite you to view award-winning films celebrating the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. All films streaming virtually Apr 29May 5. https://watch.eventive.org/reelabilities

“We are indebted to the generosity of Len and Harriet Schleifer for making this sponsorship possible,” said Michael Storz, President of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center. “We invite our friends and families to take advantage and see this incredible selection of films! We are also excited about several special events!”

Staff, friends and families connected to Chapel Haven can stream and view the films online for free! Use special code chapel21 when registering for a film!

Watch for our 30-second commercial before every film!

In addition, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is sponsoring Comedy Night, an invitation-only event to be held Monday, May 3 on the roof of the JCC of Manhattan. We have been invited to give opening remarks, followed by a night of live comedy!

Opening night on Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. features the ground-breaking musical, Best Summer Ever at the Queens Drive-in at the New York Hall of Science.

Best Summer Ever
Dir. Michael Parks Randa & Lauren Smitelli
2020 | US | 80 mins.
A first-of-its-kind musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of disabled and non-disabled people. Sage (Shannon DeVido) and Anthony (Rickey Wilson Jr.) had the best summer ever falling in love at camp. When fate brings them back together, they must face the drama of cliques, an evil cheerleader, and Sage’s family secret.
 
6:30 PM: Doors open & pre-show

7:30 PM: Opening Night Remarks featuring Itzhak Perlman, a performance from Lachi, and more
8:15 PM: Film Begins, followed by a Q+A

For questions regarding accessibility, please contact reelabilities@mmjccm.org. If you would like to request ADA seating or ASL interpretations at the Drive-in please contact tickets@rooftopfilms.com before the event.

A look at some of the films:

Witness the life and scientific breakthroughs of Hugh Heer, a double amputee and MIT scientist, in AUGMENTED. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/3smiCw2

Sing along to the tunes of BEST SUMMER EVER, a High School Musical-esque romp featuring eight original songs and a cast with and without disabilities. Screening virtually @ReelAbilities from April 29May 5. Get your tickets at https://mmjccm.org/node/55121

Watch as Bill Shannon, a breakdancer and skateboarder on crutches, tears apart the world of assumptions in the groundbreaking documentary CRUTCH. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/31dnp7h

Meet a diverse cast of people on the spectrum, including the first person ever diagnosed with autism, and learn about the growing path to autism acceptance in the timely film, IN A DIFFERENT KEY. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/2QH9Evz

Tune into MARICARMEN, a poignant documentary following the trials and triumphs of a persevering blind musician. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/3vV37xt

Storm across the United States with activist and new father Ady Barkan in NOT GOING QUIETLY. The powerful documentary follows a determined man’s fight for healthcare justice and a brighter future. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29–May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/3lT6pN3

Don’t miss THE SPECIAL, a heartwarming story about a resolute young man with Down syndrome that captures themes of independence and family. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29–May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/3rkB0Eq

Don’t miss THE WORLD IS BRIGHT, an evocative documentary exploring mental health and the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of global migration. Streaming virtually at @ReelAbilities from April 29–May 5. Get your tickets at https://bit.ly/2OVX3En

Film trailers can all be found here: https://bit.ly/2O9ZOS1

About ReelAbilities:

Dates: April 29–May 5, 2021 

Website: https://reelabilities.org/newyork

Passes: https://reelabilities.eventive.org/passes/buy

Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/reelabilities 

Live event schedule: https://reelabilities.org/newyork/schedule/

For more info, visit: https://reelabilities.org/newyork/

 

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