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Glee’s Lauren Potter won an award from ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. It was awesome that Lauren was honored at the festival. Opening night film is called Sanctuary which is a comedy and the film is amazing. This was the U.S debut at ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. 

It was an exciting and the film festival is still going on until the 8th of March. If you are in the New York City area definitely check it out and attend one of their films. You won’t be disappointed! 

The closing nights film is called How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama. It’s a beautiful documentary. We loved it and the director spent 10 years documenting The Blind Boys of Alabama. We were thrilled that this film was the closing nights film. The band is great. We even managed to get a photo with them as well.


We do want to see all the films at ReelAbilities go far so their audience can grow and even show that having disabilities isn’t the end all be all. The festival brings people together to show amazing films and bring the disability community together.

We can’t wait to go back next year for their 10th anniversary of ReelAbilities.

The first film of the night was called Swim Team which featured swimmers from the New Jesery Hammerheads Special Olympics swim team. It depicted the struggles for the parents finding ways to better understand their kids along with finding ways for their kids to be social. The team itself is team for kids that have autism spectrum disorder. It’s a beautiful film and it really showed each child’s journey on the swim team along with the struggles they had at practices. We hope the film has great success after ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. 

The last film of the night was called Nise: Heart of Madness. It’s a film about a woman who revolutionized mental health treatment in Brazil. It was an intense and emotional film that really showed what the conditions were and still are like in Brazil.  If you ever get the chance to see a screening of because it really hits on the mental health treatment in Brazil in the 1940’s and it will leave you wanting to learn more about each client she helped with occupational therapy. 

Our day started at noon which an advocacy forum. Then at 2pm there was a film called The Rebound which is an amazing documentary about the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball which is an amazing film everyone can relate to with or without a disability. 


There’s a great need for the NWBA to be focused on more especially when it’s not focused on enough. I had the chance to speak with Mario he is a very genuine person and is really down to earth. 

Then as the day progressed the next film was At Eye Level which focused on dwarfism and it was another emotional film since it was a film that I hope it will be able to be screened worldwide since it’s a touching film and as much I have Autism it’s a film we can all relate to on some level. 

The next film was Carte Blanche which was about man who was going blind and him being afraid he would lose his job because of him losing his eyesight. It was a film that was filled with ups and downs. It really depicted what the character experienced and it was also based off of true events. 

The last film of the night was called My Brothers Hero. It was a great film. The founder/producer was there as well. It was documentary that was able to get siblings that have Down syndrome to bond and it did show the challenges that they faced during their time on their journey in India. I think it will do well and bonding is something that siblings should spend time together especially if they don’t see their brothers or sisters on regular basis. He did mention that he is trying to expand My Brothers Hero project and make it into an organization.. 

Day three of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival was a jam packed day filled with films for all ages and all kinds of films that ranged from family friendly films to films which were for teens and adults would like and enjoy. They all focused on different topics which so many people can relate to and which could be used as a learning tool. 

Today prior to the feature films there was a short film which involved dance and two dancers came in and performed. I’m sure your thinking that this is just the normal dance performance however the performance wasn’t the ordinary performance and as a person who has a disability herself. I’m always looking to see people doing what they love and that shows me and others like me that we can accomplish anything. No matter what challenges you have. 

One of the feature films that aired today focused on an American veteran and it was very informative piece. It really brought up the discussion on the needs of  veterans who have disabilities. We really hope that all the films we see them go far. 

The other feature film that was airing today at ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival was a Hungarian film which is an action film called Kills on Wheels which was action packed and I can’t wait to see how far it goes. 

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We here at AMCPress&Co will be at ReelAbilities Film Festival in New York City March 2nd to the 8th! If you are in the New York City area. Definitely check it out. It’s an amazing film festival with a great line up which can be found at http://newyork.reelabilities.org/.

We also have a promo code too which is AMCPRESS2017. We met a lot of great people whom we are planning on having on The Satirically Challenged Show.  This will be our second time at ReelAbilities. We highly suggest that you should come and meet us if you are in the New York City area because it is a blast.

Last years opening night was amazing! This year it will be another great year. We hope to see you there. It is something that you should definitely that you should at least go to at least one of the films if you are in the New York City area for a limited time during the film festival. We hope that we see you there!

Next week we start the reviews of some of the films to give you our thoughts and we hope that you would be able to come and watch some of the films which will be featured at ReelAbilities. You can also follow us and everything we are doing there by following us on Instagram at amcpressandco.

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