WEST ORANGE, NJ — JCC MetroWest is partnering with ReelAbilities Montclair, part of the largest disability film festival in the country, to feature “cutting edge and sometimes controversial” films that challenge assumptions and promote discussion about ability and disability at the Maurice Levin Theater at JCC MetroWest beginning Oct. 30.
ReelAbilities Montclair is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expression of people with different abilities.
“Shooting Beauty,” showing on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m., tells the story of fashion photographer Courtney Bent, whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people with significant disabilities. “On Beauty,” screening directly after, features a story about photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows.
A post-screening discussion and complimentary photo shoot with Livingston’s Jan Press on Oct. 30 is available for limited ticket holders who call ahead of time to reserve.
“2E: Twice Exeptional,” screening on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., is a documentary follows the personal journeys of a group of high school students who have been identified as “twice exceptional.” Post-screening discussion for this screening will be led by Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Coordinator MetroWest Able; Alison Brown, Educational Consultant and Advocate for Gifted; Sonya Selig, community building, awareness, organizing and leading parent support groups; and Beth Manes, Esq, Special Education Planning and Advocacy.
A docu-drama entitled “A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt,” screening on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., tells the story of a blind factory owner and his efforts to save his Jewish employees from the Nazis. The post-screening discussion will be led by Elsa Zavoda, Program Director for the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey.
ReelAbilities Montclair strives to include all people. Individuals requiring accommodations to participate should contact the screening venue directly.
Tickets for JCC MetroWest screenings can be purchased HERE (www.boxofficetickets.com/jccmetrowest) at $5 per screening a $12 for a package that includes a ticket to each film. A dessert reception will also be included for each night of the festival.
Maurice Levin Theater is located at the Leon Toby Cooperman Building at 760 Northfield Avenue in West Orange.