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AFSS at the Reelabities Film Festival

  • JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

A FREE afternoon of film fun and exchange of ideas…


This film festival is usually very expensive, but AFSS has secured 12 Tickets for the entire afternoon.

Date: Saturday March 4th

Time: from 1:50 to 6:00 pm (Please do NOT arrive any later than 2:00 pm!)

Location: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, corner of 76th Street

SOLD OUT!!!! If you are still interested in attending, please contact me at:

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Reel Exchange: Technology and Disabilities

Featuring US and Russian tablet-based innovations, virtual reality experiences and more

FOR ALL OF OUR TECHIES! This event will give you the chance to meet US and Russian experts and hear more about their work using adaptive technology for people with disabilities. These include new tablet-based apps for children with developmental disabilities, new digital storybooks specifically for deaf and hard of hearing children, and a new virtual reality program for wheelchair users.

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Real Spectrum

sensory-friendly collection of shorts focusing on individuals on the autism spectrum. Screening includes:


Dir. Harriet Maire (9 min, New Zealand, Narrative) Anna's routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus.

SPECTRUM: A story of the mind, Dir. Jill Jones (24 min, USA, Documentary) An inventive animated and live action documentary about autism and sensory perception. Featuring Temple Grandin

WINSTON'S GHOST: The photography of Ryan Gustman, Dir. Brian Binder, Brian Mezerski Daniel Spiller (9 min, USA, Documentary) Ryan combines his loves of photography and urban exploration, documenting abandoned buildings in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

All screenings followed by conversation.

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Reel Encounters

A collection of short films featuring the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Selections include:

ANDY BARRIE: The voice of Andy Barrie, Dir. Lana Slezic (13 min, Canada, Documentary US PREMIERE) Former Canadian radio host Andy Barrie finds a new voice in battling Parkinson's disease.

CHILDREN OF GOD (Dir. Ahmed Yassin 10 min, Iraq, Narrative NY PREMIERE)

A young amputee bets his prized possessions on his crush winning the boys vs. girls soccer

JED’S DAY, Dir. Madoka Raine (7 min, USA, Narrative

NY PREMIERE)  A day in the life of a man with cerebral palsy.

LEFTY & LOOSEY, Dir. Zico Abrar (5 min, USA, Narrative

NY PREMIERE) Private Investigators Lefty and Loosey uncover a diabolical plot and must save the world.

PICKED, PICKED, Dir. Kelsey Amelia Snelling (8 min, USA, Narrative

NY PREMIERE) A girl's quest for the "perfect" pumpkin sets her apart from her peers.

STUTTER, STUTTER, Dir. Ivo Huahua (13 min, USA, Narrative

NY PREMIERE) A strong-willed man with a stutter resolves to win his son’s respect by speaking to the boy’s class on Career Day.

All screenings followed by conversation.

We make pick a place to eat afterwards

How to get there

The JCC is just a few blocks north of the 1, 2 and 3 train 72nd Street Station and a few blocks south of the 1 train 79 Street Station.


Earlier Event: February 26
AFSS Social group at Amber Restaurant
Later Event: March 8
Manhattan Adult Support Group