ReelAbilities 2021 Festival Begins Tonight!

Teens dance, including teens in wheelchairs, in this still from the film "Best Summer Ever". Sign in back of them reads "Summer 2017"

Tonight, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York begins!

The weeklong festival, renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performances, has been around since 2007 and is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

The festival is virtual, but opens with a screening at Queens Drive-in with “Best Summer Ever“, which The New York Times called a “charming teen musical“. There’s also a cast and crew Q&A and a short behind-the-scenes documentary.

The film is:

“the first-of-its-kind musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of disabled and non-disabled people. Sage (Shannon DeVido) and Anthony (Rickey Wilson Jr.) had the best summer ever falling in love at camp. When fate brings them back together, they must face the drama of cliques, an evil cheerleader, and Sage’s family secret.”

This festival features many films (most days have several screenings), including shorts, and most have live Q&As. There’s even a live reading of a new pilot.

Showings are until May 5th.

Take a look at the full schedule at reelabilities.org/newyork/schedule/

All films have open captioning and audio description.