ReelAbilities: Virginia Disabilities Film Festival, 5/14-5/20 (E)

ReelAbilities is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expression
of people with different disabilities.

SHOOTING BEAUTY 62 Minutes | USA | Documentary
Opening Night: Monday, May 14th, 7:00 pm at the Weinstein JCC – 5403 Monument Ave.
Opening Performance: Live Art excerpt by SPARC
Tells the story of fashion photographer Courtney Bent whose career takes an unexpected
turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with signifi –
cant disabilities. Talk back with Jeffrey P. Harris, President & Jason Harris, Trustee of the Saul
Schottenstein Foundation B.

HENRY O 76 Minutes | USA | Documentary
Tuesday, May 15th, 6:30 pm at the Meadowdale Library – 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
Art exhibit by adults with Intellectual Disabilities
The story of Enrique (Henry) Oliu, a man blind since birth, who has made his major league
baseball dream come true, being a color commentator for Florida’s Tampa Bay Rays.

BEN X 93 Minutes | Belgium | Drama | Subtitles
Wednesday, May 16th, 5:00 pm at the VCU Student Commons Theatre – 907 Floyd Ave.
Sunday, May 20th, 1:30 pm at The Byrd Theatre – 2908 W. Cary St.
Ben lives in a universe unto itself. He hides from his harsh reality of school, being bullied, and
awkward social interactions by escaping into his favorite online computer game, where he is
safe, strong, and in control of his surroundings.

CROOKED BEAUTY 34 Minutes | USA | Documentary
Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 pm at The Shop at artspace – Zero East 4th St. (advance tickets only)
Live Poetry Reading
Friday, May 18th, 12:00 pm at the VCU Student Commons Theatre – 907 Floyd Ave.
A visually stunning account of artist-activist Jacks Ashley McNamara’s transformative journey
from troubled childhood to psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocate.

WARRIOR CHAMPIONS 80 Minutes | China & USA | Documentary
Friday, May 18th, 3:00 pm at the VCU Student Commons Theatre – 907 Floyd Ave.
Four Iraq War veterans turn the nightmares of war into Olympic dreams. After losing limbs and
suff ering paralysis fi ghting for their country in Iraq, they have set out to do what many thought
impossible… but will they make the cut?

PRAYING WITH LIOR 87 Minutes | UK | Documentary
Sunday, May 20th. 5:00 pm at the Weinstein JCC – 5403 Monument Ave.
Lior has Down syndrome, and has spent his entire life praying with utter abandon. As Lior
approaches Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony, diff erent characters provides a
window into life spent “praying with Lior.” The movie poses diffi cult questions such as what is
“disability” and who really talks to God?

Weinstein JCC
5403 Monument Ave,
Richmond VA 23226
For tickets call 804.285.6500 or go online at
$8.50 Weinstein JCC members / $10 non-members (per movie)
$36 Weinstein JCC members / $40 non-members (weekly pass)