ReelAbilities Film Festival

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PRESS RELEASEspecialolympicsvaweinsteinjcc

March 2013


Kristin VanStory
Weinstein JCC
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Melissa Bunce
Weinstein JCC
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Weinstein JCC Hosts National Film Festival:
Richmond One of Just 13 Cities to Offer ReelAbilities This Year

Richmond – Starting Monday, April 8, the Weinstein JCC will premiere award-winning films in a unique, interactive and entertaining festival that takes viewers beyond the typical movie-going experience.

From Buenos Aires and Finland to the Bronx, from autism to long-term psychiatric care to recovery from a life-changing stroke, the ReelAbilities film selections offer a variety of settings and unique stories that will captivate and engage. Taking viewers beyond identified disabilities, the movies vividly illustrate distinct individuals and shared experiences faced in overcoming challenges to pursue lives of satisfaction and meaning.

“This film festival is a perfect fit for the Weinstein JCC as we strive to focus on community, well-being and fellowship among people of all backgrounds,” noted CEO Jay Jacobs. “We’re thrilled about this year’s lineup and the programs and speakers that will provoke thought and dialogue to make this a memorable experience for every ticketholder.”

ReelAbilities is the country’s largest film festival showcasing films about disabilities. The annual event, offered in major cities across the nation, presents award-winning films that celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. The event is unique in integrating live discussions with industry professionals or individuals living with the highlighted disability after each movie showing, to bring a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of the lives and stories of people with disabilities.

On Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. at VA REP Willow Lawn (formerly Barksdale Theatre), CTC in partnership with VA Rep will co-host the film Princess as part of the film festival and in conjunction with their upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical, Next to Normal. A post-show discussion will follow the presentation. Based on real-life events, this is the amazing and musical story of Anna Lappalainen, who spent 50 years as a patient in Finland’s Kellokoski Psychi­atric Hospital. Her loveable personality, combined with her belief that she was a princess, brought healing and joy to those around her.

For a full list of the week’s events, or to purchase individual tickets or weekly passes, visit weinsteinjcc.org/cultural-arts/reelabilities.


The Weinstein Jewish Community Center is a full-service recreational, cultural and social service organization that provides the Greater Richmond community with programs and services for all ages and faiths. For additional information, visit weinsteinjcc.org.


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Critics loved Sons of the Prophet

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Be sure to check back as the praise pours in for Sons of the Prophet:

“a bracing production that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go.”
David Timberline, Style Weekly

“yet another impressive and expertly directed production for this talented director.”
– Jen Maciulewicz, – gayrva.com

“There are just not going to be enough superlatives to describe the performances.”
– Bruce Levy, richmond.showbizradio.com

“The cast was stellar, with some of Richmond’s best and some of its best up and coming actors coming alive on the tiny TheatreGym stage.”
– Karen Newton, icouldgoonandon.blogspot.com

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