A Festival Accessible for All

We are thrilled to be the newest host site of ReelAbilities, the international film festival dedicated to promoting and celebrating the authentic stories and creative expressions of people with myriad disabilities, both in front of and behind the camera. Guided by timeless Jewish values that compel us to seek justice and inspire us to bridge gaps of accessibility, we are honored to launch a program that we hope helps to widen both the kinds of stories we see on screen and the ways in which these stories are told, to reach and increase representation for underserved communities. Through ReelAbilities, we have the opportunity to highlight a robust catalog of films that connects us to fellow presenters all around the world. Hosting ReelAbilities: Denver allows us to bring this programming to a local level, fostering partnerships with area organizations doing incredible work to serve disability communities, and utilizing our platform to both highlight these partners and connect festival goers to their programs and services.

Accessibility

Accessibility is of the upmost importance to the ReelAbilities: Denver program. Here’s how we’re ensuring our offerings are equitable and inclusive:

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Open Captions

English-language subtitles that depict narration, dialogue, and any sound cues are built into all film files. All spoken content (introductions, filmmaker Q&As, and supplemental programs) will be pre-recorded and captioned. Icon description: an orange circle with “OC” in bolded white capitalized letters.

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Audio Description

Narration describing visual elements for the blind and visually impaired are built into every program as separate catalog listings. Icon description: an orange circle with “AD” in white capitalized letters and three parentheses emanating from the curve of the “D.”

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ASL Interpretation

All spoken content will be pre-recorded and offer ASL interpretation. Icon description: an orange circle with two hands in white font signing the word for “interpreter” in ASL.

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“Pay What You Can” Ticketing

All festival content will be offered in a “pay what you can” format to allow participation of all interested community members at any ticket price that is accessible to them. Icon description: an orange circle with a white hand in profile, palm up, with a white coin hovering above the hand. Get tickets >>

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Virtually and On-Demand Festival

All festival content will be offered virtually and on-demand for home access at any time of day to users across the U.S. during the entirety of the festival. Icon description: an orange circle with a white “Play button” right-pointing arrow, on top of a spoked, old-school film reel

2021 Festival Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Danielle’s Fund for Special Needs

Film + Program Sponsor

  • Jane E Rosenbaum

  • Nancy Alterman

Individual Event Sponsor

  • Jennifer and David Korman

Friend of the Festival

  • Ann and Evan Geldzahler

  • Lisa Sirota-Weiner and Douglas Weiner

With Support From

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Logo
Rose Community Foundation Logo
Champions for the J Logo

Community Partners

Phamaly Theatre Company Logo
Jewish Family Service of Colorado Logo
Firefly Autism Logo
Colorado Conservatory of Dance Logo
Nami Colorado Logo
Art as Action Logo
Colorado Art Therapy Association Logo
Maris Droste Counseling Center Logo

Special Thanks

  • Nancy Alterman

  • Natalie Austin

  • Bonnie Barlow

  • Regan Linton

  • Jane E Rosenbaum

  • Sheila Ivy Traister