FESTIVAL PASS (J Members & 65+)………… $55
FESTIVAL PASS (General Admission)………. $65

Includes admission to all ticketed events. See below.

J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15

Opening Night presents:

Aftermath [short] & American Veteran


Dir. Zac Titus/ 6 min/ USA/ English American Veterian: Dir. Julie Cohen/ 75 min/ USA/ English

A glimpse at the struggle of an American Veteran of War at a time in which the Veteran suicide rate in America is staggering.

American Veteran

Dir. Julie Cohen/ 75 min/ USA/ English

Sgt. Nick Mendes was paralyzed from the neck down by an IED and suffers from PTSD. The film follows Nick’s journey over the course of 5 years, sharing his sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life.

Ticket includes opening night reception!


Registration required

How Sweet the Sound- The Blind Boys of Alabama

Dir. Leslie McCleave/ 89 min/ USA/ English

Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama have had a remarkable career—since meeting at a vocational institute for the blind, they have toured for seven decades, amassing five Grammy Awards and international acclaim.

Open Captions, Audio Description

J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15

Carte Blanche

Dir. Jacek Lusinski/ 106 min/ Poland/ Polish

Inspired by an incredible true story, this feel-good movie about a high school history teacher who – fearing he might lose his job and his dignity – hides the fact that he’s losing his sight.

Open Captions, Audio Description


Registration required

My Feral Heart

Dir. Jane Gull/ 83 min/ UK/ English

Sudden bereavement throws Luke, an independent young man with Down Syndrome, into a care home, where his frustration finds release in unexpected friendships and long-buried secrets.

Open Caption only


J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15

The Rebound

Dir. Shaina Allen/ 65 min/ USA/ English

Follow the journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their unwavering quest for a national championship. The story is a testament to our innate ability to work together despite challenges.

Open Captions, Audio Description


J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15

The Battle 

Dir. Poppy Walker/ 3 min/ Australia/ English
Kayah Guenther is a young artist  born with trisomy 21, he narrates his struggle to find his place in the world through dance.

Open Captions, Audio Description

Nise: The Heart of Maddness:

Dir. Roberto Berliner/ 108 min/ Brazil/ Portuguese
A psychiatrist refusing to employ electroshock therapy initiates an art therapy revolution, confronting Brazil’s mental health establishment. Based on a true story.

Open Captions

This evening is generously sponsored by Belkowitz Law, PLLC


Registration required

Dir. Harriet Marie/ 9 min/ New Zealand/ English

Anna’s routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus.

Open captions only

Children of God
Dir. Ahmed Yassin/ 10 min/ Iraq/ Arabic

A young amputee bets his prized series of football posters on the girl’s team winning a football match to gain the affections of his crush, their goalkeeper.

Open captions only

Anyone Like Me
Dir Mimi d’Autremont/ 26 min/ USA/ English

Shelby Beans’s world changed when he was recruited to play football for Gallaudet University – home of the only deaf collegiate team. This is his story.

Beneath the Surface
Dir. Frederick Kroetsch and Kurt Spenrath/ 18 min/ Canada/ English

Daniel Ennett attempts to become the first scuba certified quadruple amputee. And then the sharks show up.

Creative Spark
Dir. Adam Lynch and Lauren Castillo/ 6 min/ Australia/ English

A peek into the creative world of artists residing at QArt Studio in Melbourne, Australia, where disability is a unique advantage.”

English subtitles, Audio Description


J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15

At Eye Level
Dir. Joachim Dollhopf and Evi Goldbrunner/ 100 min/ Germany/ German

When 11-year-old Michi finds his estranged father’s address, he can’t believe his luck. But when he meets his father, Tom, and discovers he has dwarfism, Michi and Tom are forced to confront both disability and fatherhood head on.

Open Captions only

Special Post-show speaker
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, author of Little Gate Crasher.

Gabby is a popular, dynamic speaker who frequently teaches, lectures and shares interactive talks for book groups, synagogues, conferences and events about faith and parenting, spirituality and thriving, autism and disability advocacy and living your best life.

In partnership with Jewish Book Council.

Tickets are FREE
please RSVP to Carey at: or 703.865.6502


In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island,
she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

This is a sensory friendly screening: lights up, sound down.

Feel free to bring a pillow, relax, and enjoy!


J Members & 65+…………… $12
General Admission ……….. $15

Ticket price includes a post show reception.

Ain’t No Mountain

Dir. Ran Moncaz/ 60 min/ Israel/ English, Hebrew
The largest-ever expedition of climbers with disabilities attempts to
reach the peak of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

English subtitles

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