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February 5, 2014

ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival
February 9-13

Promoting Awareness and Appreciation of Individuals with Disabilities

The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) invites the community to ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival 2014, scheduled to take place at locations throughout the city February 9-13, 2014. MOPD is a supporter of this second annual event exploring the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities sponsored by Jewish Family Service Alexander Institute for Inclusion and TIRR Memorial Hermann. The citywide event aims to reduce the stigma related to disabilities through the arts.

Festival Highlights
The festival will feature 9 films, discussions and exhibits, including daytime and evening screenings at 11 different sites throughout Houston. Most of the events are free and some events require registration.

Opening Night at The Houston Zoo features The Importance of Tying Your Shoes, Sunday, February 9, 6:30 p.m., 6200 Hermann Drive 77030.

Getting Up tells the story of "Tempt One," a graffiti artist from LA who, even with advanced ALS, continues to create art.  The film presentation will open with comments by Mayor Annise Parker, Monday, February 10, 7 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street 77005.

Hosted by MOPD, !Henry O! tells the story of a blind man who has made his major league baseball dream come true.  The presentation will include a special guest appearance by Enrique "Henry O" Oliu, Wednesday, February 12, 2 p.m., at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray 77019. Free Admission.

"Positive Exposure," a multi-media presentation by Rick Guidotti, projects a new vision of beauty that will "Change the Way You See and See the Way You Change," Wednesday, February 12, 8 p.m., at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Boulevard 77096. Free Admission.

Closing Night is fun-filled, featuring Musical Chairs, Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m., at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Drive 77003.

For a listing of all film events and ticket information, visit www.DisabilitiesFilmFestival.org or call 713.667.9336.

To learn about MOPD, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities.

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