ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival is a free, city-wide film and arts festival dedicated to presenting films, art exhibitions, performances, and speakers that celebrate the lives, stories, and talents of people with disabilities. The overall mission of ReelAbilities is to bring systemic change to the culture of Houston’s families, institutions, places of work, and communities to be more inclusive of people with disabilities, ultimately making the subject of inclusion an identifiable and enriching element of Houston’s distinct culture.
The JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion, in collaboration with the Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, features a robust and exciting array of films, musicians, special events, and extraordinary speakers from around the world. The 2020 schedule includes:
ReelPeople: UP Abilities: On Feb. 11, a speaker series featuring 20-minute discussions by three extraordinary speakers from across the country. A.D. Players at the George Theater. $25.
ReelArt: Feb. 13 at the Center for Art and Photography at Celebration Company, showcasing the work of artists with disabilities. This year's visiting artist is Mara Clawson, recipient of the VSA/Kennedy Center Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities Award.
ReelAbilities Films: Fifteen films over four days, February 16-19, all at Edwards Greenway. Many films feature interactive events to foster dialogue between the audience, the filmmaker, parents, professionals or persons with disabilities. All films and parking are free.
ReelMusic: An all-inclusive night of music where accomplished musicians with disabilities join the ReelMusic house band on stage. Feb. 20 at White Oak Music Hall. Free.