Celebrate the lives of people with disabilities at the ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival in Oak Park. Explore film, art and performance April 25-29 that will open your mind and heart.
Never before presented in Chicagoland,ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festivalfeatures award-winning films, thoughtful panel discussions, art gallery works and live musical performances that bring together the community to celebrate the lives of people with disabilities.
Wednesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 29 with various movie times.
Chris Burke, actor and musician who has Down syndrome, will perform with the Chris Burke Band and join us as a panelist for discussion on the movie Praying with Lior. Burke is best known for the four years he spent playing Charles “Corky” Thatcher on the hit ABC-TV show Life Goes On and his recurring role as Taylor, the angel of faith, on the hit CBS-TV show Touched By An Angel.
The Arts of Life Bandwill perform danceable party music with a rock edge after the showing of Crooked Beauty and ShootingBeauty. The Arts of Life Band is an ongoing collaborative project between artists with and without disabilities in the Chicago area. The Arts of Life Band rocks out in well known venues such as the Empty Bottle and the HideOut Inn.
Additional programs comprise of a dance performance including people with disabilities led by MOMENTA Performing Arts Company and galleries of artwork by talented people with disabilities.
Films will be shown at Lake Theater, Pilgrim Congregational Church and Academy of Movement & Music (MOMENTA) in Oak Park as well as FitzGerald’s SideBar in Berwyn.
ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival is open to all members of the community. Space is limited. To secure tickets purchase online in advance at www.chicago.reelabilities.orgor directly at the ticket site at www.reelabilitieschicago.eventbrite.com.
General Admission: $10/film; seniors (ages 60+) and students with ID: $7/film.
ReelAbilities Chicago Disabilities Film Festival is presented by Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township and the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.Aspire,Community Support Services,Oak-Leyden Developmental Services and Seguin Services are proud to produce the traveling program of the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival and are dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. For more information visit chicago.reelabilities.org.
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423