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Directed by Various

United States 90 mins.

The Disability Art and Culture Project and ReelAbilities present award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality. We disrupt mainstream media and film, and dismantle ableist narratives. The Film Center is pleased to partner with Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP), a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities, in presenting a screening in this year’s Portland ReelAbilities program.

Films screening in this program:

Awake, US, 2015, dir. Michael Achtmen (22 mins., narrative, digital)

In this existential comedy, Anna, who’s chronically ill, is visited by Doreen, a door to door proselytizer who makes herself at home and stays the day, slowly defrosting her non-welcome. Together, they walk in the park, bake a cake and watch an Ingmar Bergman film. Both women are blind, played
by blind actors Alex Bulmer and Margo Cargill.

Good Beer, US, 2015, dir. Tony Borden (7 mins., narrative, digital)

Shannon and David meet online and go on a revealing first date.

Blind Date, US 2016, dir. Nicole Ellis, Maya Albanese (35 mins., documentary, digital)

Technology is transforming the way we date and find love. Mobile apps like Tinder and websites like OkCupid are whetting our appetite for instant visual gratification. But, if you’re single and blind, you face a distinct set of challenges in finding love. A digital divide has emerged between sighted and blind people in search of long-lasting partnerships. Blind Date is follows three blind New Yorkers on their quests for lust and love in the digital age.

For more about films, the Portland ReelAbilities Festival, all Festival film showings and events, accommodations, or to volunteer: http://portland.reelabilitieslegacy.org/ | pdx.reelabilities@gmail.com

Thank you to our partners: The Collins Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council

Thank you to our sponsors: Beneficial State Bank, the Pride Foundation, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and The Standard

Event image description: [A woman sits at a table in a restaurant. A beer and her phone sit on the table in front of her. A group of people sit at a table behind her and talk.]



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.