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ReelAbilities Columbus matinee



Event Type(s): Arts / Theatre / Music, Other
Organization: VSA Ohio
Description: Sky | Children of God | Stutter | The Astronaut's Secret

VSA Ohio and partners present the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival in Columbus at the Gateway Film Center with FREE screenings of award-winning films and local presentations that celebrate the lives, stories, and art of people with disabilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival in Columbus is free and open to the public with screenings every other month, January through November 2018.

Fourteen films including full-length features and shorts addressing some of the many facets of the disability experience will be screened, coming from the US and abroad. Columbus is one of 16 cities in the States to present the traveling program of the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival. ReelAbilities brings the community together to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

SCREENING September 12, 2018:


15 minutes | Netherlands

9-year-old Sky feels powerless and misunderstood among his hearing classmates. He thinks the outsiders don’t understand him, but does he understand them?

Children of God

10 minutes | Iraq

A young amputee bets his prized possessions on his crush winning the boys vs. girls soccer match.


13 minutes | USA

A strong-willed man with a stutter resolves to win his son’s respect by speaking to the boy’s class on Career Day.

Astronaut's Secret

30 minutes | USA

In 1996, Michael ‘Rich’ Clifford performed the first American spacewalk while docked to the Russian Mir Space Station. Fifteen years later Rich Clifford reveals that he had Parkinson’s disease while performing that spacewalk.


Matinee : 10:30am (films only)

Event : 6:00pm social hour in the Gateway's Torpedo Room, live programming TBA, film at 7:00pm


2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus is always free and always at Gateway Film Center.

January 17 - Tramontane

March 14 - Lefty & Loosey; Nocebo; The Quiet Ones; The Forgotten

May 16 - Nise: the Heart of Madness

July 18 - Sanctuary

September 12 - Sky; Children of God; Stutter; The Astronaut's Secret

November 14 - Midfield; Prison Dogs

Registration is requested but not required. To make a reservation, please visit our website at You can also make a reservation in-person at the Gateway Film Center located at 1550 North High St. Columbus, Ohio 43201 or call the Gateway at 614-247-4433.

ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus is presented by VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability. VSA Ohio is a non-profit organization. The touring program is sponsored by the ReelAbilities Film Festival and JCC Manhattan, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Friends of VSA Ohio, Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, ARC Industries and in partnership with Gateway Film Center, Illuminating: Ohio State Film Studies, Nicolette Cinematographics, Food for Good Thought, Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, Southeast Inc. Healthcare Services, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery and local artists.

This is an accessible cultural event; additional accommodation confirmations should be directed to VSA Ohio.

More information is available at

Or contact us: 614-241-5325 |

VSA Ohio
Address: 77 South High Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact Name: Erin Hoppe
Contact Phone: 614-241-5325
Contact Email:
More Info Link:
Date: Wednesday, 9/12/2018
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
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