Film still from On Beauty. Close-up of two young women smiling: Jayne Waithera, a Kenyan with albinism, and Sarah Kanney, from the US, with a large, red birthmark across her face.

ReelAbilities Portland Film Festival LogoDisability Pride Art and Culture Film Festival 2016

Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street
Trimet bus lines: #72
Click here to see showtimes available on the PDX ReelAbilities website

Call for Volunteers – we need your help!  Read more below.

ReelAbilities, the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to sharing the stories of people with disabilities, makes its Portland debut from May 27 to 29, 2016, presented by the Disability Art and Culture Festival (DACP). Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is hosted in cities across the nation including New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. This will be Portland’s first Disability Film Festival.

DACP’s goal is to have a high quality film festival that portrays people with disabilities without stereotype or overcoming medical narratives. We want to show both disabled and abled-bodied audiences that we are filmmakers, actors and actresses and that our lives are complex and our imaginations vast. Our films will emphasize an affirmative disability identity that values our contributions and artistry.

In addition to 25 award-winning films by and about people with disabilities, the festival will present a DIY filmmaking workshop May 16 and 18, a panel on disability representation in film and TV May 19 and Northwest/local films on May 29.

More information, including a full roster of titles, screening times, workshop and panel information is available on the Portland ReelAbilities website:

Tickets are available on the Alberta Rose Theatre’s website: Tickets are $10 for individual screenings, $18 for a day pass and $30 for a weekend pass.

Disability Art and Culture Project
Fostering Disability Pride through the Arts

Contact us:

All films are Closed Captioned. ASL Interpretation and Audio Description are available at select film screenings. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with event setup and takedown, welcome our audience, and connect them with any accommodations needed for them to enjoy the festival.

We are also looking for a volunteer photographer!  You must have experience with photography in order to qualify for this position.  Photographer must be able to provide their own camera.

Click here to email us, to sign up to volunteer.  If you are interested in the photographer position, please include a few images so we can see examples of your work.

Here are the times we could use your help!

Friday, May 27, 2016:

Saturday, May 28, 2016:

Sunday, May 29, 2016:
1:30pm-2:30pm *
1:30pm-4:30pm *

* Sunday matinee showings contain explicit content, and are not suitable for volunteers under 18 years of age.

Volunteers are a pivotal piece of producing the Film Festival, and achieving our mission. All volunteers 16 and up are welcome. We look forward to working with you!

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Thank you to our sponsors and partners:

One thought on “Portland ReelAbilities and the Disability Pride Art and Culture Film Festival 2016

  1. Hi- I would love to help out with this  but the tab to click to did not work my number is 503-740-7943….thx!

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