March 9-12, 2017, Hyatt Regency, downtown
Kim Vincent, Jenny McCloy and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Dave Parker will lead the 2017 ReelAbilities Film Festival.
The festival is organized by Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled.
Next year’s festival will bring a more condensed format, going from eight days to four, all at one location. Films will run throughout the weekend at the downtown Hyatt Regency, where movie theaters will be set up and parties, celebrity meet-and-greets and workshops will be held.
The festival is the region’s largest film festival dedicated to showcasing the lives, stories and art of people with disabilities.
“This festival unites the community. We are all touched in some way by the stories within these films,” said Parker, who has Parkinson’s Disease and is founder of the Dave Parker Foundation.
Vincent is an occupational therapist and co-founder of May We Help, a nonprofit that provides adaptive technology to people with disabilities.
Jenny McCloy is president of the Board at Melodic Connections, a nonprofit that connects people with disabilities to music and mother of Sam, a teenage son with Down syndrome.
“When you see one of these incredible films, you are changed not just in your perception of disability but in your understanding of diversity, and how all of us have something to contribute,” said McCloy.
In 2015, the festival had over 12,000 participants and hosted celebrities and film stars such as Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin.