The second annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2019 runs October 25-27, 2019 at Universal Cinema at CityWalk. Tickets and passes will be available to purchase October 1st. For more information: http://reelabilities.org/losangeles.
WHAT: The City of Los Angeles’ ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles 2019
The festival is produced by the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Commission on Disability and ReelAbilities North America
WHERE: Universal Cinema at CityWalk
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
WHEN: October 25 – 27, 2019
WHY: ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the United States dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Founded more than ten years ago in New York City and now held annually in multiple cities throughout North America, the festival presents international and award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
Opening the festival on Friday, October 25 with a blue carpet and a private gala is Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s smash hit THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON. A modern Mark Twain-style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind, nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey. THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON premiered at SXSW earlier this year where it won the Audience Award.
Festival Co-director, Michael Dougherty said, “This film calls to mind Hal Ashby’s work in the quietly forceful way it looks at outsiders eye-to-eye, it asks questions about independence and identity that the disability community deals with on a daily basis. Far from being preachy, though, this is a rollicking, hilarious adventure, full of love and empathy, that is, as Mark Twain once said, ‘a good story well-told.’ ”
The festival will close on Sunday, October 27 with the Los Angeles premiere of Aaron Schimberg’s CHAINED FOR LIFE. Critically acclaimed, the film is about the on and off-screen relationship between a beautiful actress (Jess Weixler) and her leading man (Adam Pearson), an actor living with a severe facial difference. CHAINED FOR LIFE is a spiritual cousin to the likes of Tod Browning, Werner Herzog, and David Lynch, weaving a hypnotic and surreal depiction of art and identity that challenges our preconceived notions of appearances and how film images influence the way we think and feel about those who are “other.”
The festival will also host a special screening of Todd Browning’s 1932 groundbreaking cult classic FREAKS with a beautiful digitally remastered film. Based on the true-life experiences of circus sideshow performers of the 1930s, Tod Browning’s once-banned tale of murder and madness under the big top has gone from being critically reviled and misnderstoood – much like its subjects – to taking its rightful and raging place as a seminal pop culture provocation, influencing everything from seventies punks on the Bowery to “American Horror Story” in the living room.
Tickets and Passes will go on sale on October 1st. Tickets will vary based on event.
For more information and to purchase tickets please, visit http://reelabilities.org/losangeles
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Tiffany Wagner / Breanna Hogan