DC Shorts Film Festival 2017

SEPTEMBER 6—17, 2018

Tackling the Issues: Reel Abilities on Screen

DC Shorts teams up with ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia to present a showcase of films representing the lives, stories, and creative expressions of people with different abilities. Join us as we uncover the creativity, the personalities, the realities, and the extraordinary abilities behind ‘disability.’ This showcase runs approximately 120 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers.

Moderator: ANDREW BALDWIN – Job Coach Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia ReelAbilities and Special Needs Committees, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Inclusion Committee, and Temple Rodef Shalom Inclusion Committee.

Panelist: Mimi D’AUTREMONT, Director, Anyone Like Me
PIPER PHILLIPS CASWELL – CEO, PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families
JAMIE WATTS – Local marathon finisher and avid runner with cerebral palsy


Monday, September 11th @ 7:00pm

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Dancing On Wheels

Documentary • United States • 10 Minutes

Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t dance.” This is what Kitty Lunn, a paralyzed dancer, has been telling herself and her students for the past 30 years.


Drama • New Zealand • 9 Minutes

This film follows Anna, a young woman on the Autism Spectrum, and what happens when her routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus

Just go!

Comedy • Latvia • 11 minutes

Inspired by the incredible true story of Just who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident. Just meets Ieva and they start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob Ieva. In the blink of an eye Just decides to follow the thieves to retrieve Ieva’s bag and conquer her heart.


Documentary • Canada • 18 Minutes

After losing her left eye in a car accident, artist Tanya Vlach attempts to make herself whole again by trying to build a camera that fits inside her prosthetic eye.

Strongest I’ll Ever Be

Documentary • United States • 15 minutes

After being handed a heartbreaking diagnosis of ALS, award-winning photographer Anthony Carbajal confronts the disease that robs him of his abilities and his future, in order to create a meaningful life during what time he has left.

Anyone Like Me

Documentary • United States • 25 Minutes

A beautifully rendered story of a Hard of Hearing football coach, Shelby Bean, who found his identity as a member of the world’s only Deaf collegiate football team, the Gallaudet University Bison in Washington, DC.

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