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Thursday, March 21, 2013 (5-7pm)

Gala Opening

Location: McGill University, Ballroom – 475 Sherbrooke Street West
How to get there?
Free Admission – No reservation required.

Come celebrate the opening of Montreal’s first ever disability film festival! Many of the festival’s filmmakers, actors and organizers will be in attendance. Wine and snacks will be served. The Gala will also include short films by filmmakers Shira Avni, Laurence Parent, and Drew Morton Goldsmith.

Accessibility: The room is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. ASL and LSQ interpretation will be provided.

Friday, March 22, 2013 (7pm)

Opening Film: The Human Race (in English)
Cineplex Forum – 2313 St. Catherine Street West
How to get there?
Director: Paul Hough (U.S., 2013)
Running Time: 87 mins
Genre:             Sci-Fi Horror
Rating:            Unrated. Content not suitable for children
Cast:               
Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Domiziano Arcangeli and Richard Gale
Admission:      $5

Eighty people are ripped out of their daily lives and re-appear in an undisclosed location. They are from all walks of life: young and old, athletic and disabled, white-collared and homeless. The rules to a race boom in their heads, in their own voices and languages, laying out what will become a horrific race of terror: “If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Race...or die.”

Startling, violent and powerful, this award-winning film gives multiple characters with disabilities centre stage. A must see! Actor Eddie McGee will introduce the film and conduct a Q&A after the screening.

Accessibility: The venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. ASL interpretation will be provided. The theatre is equipped with an infrared listening system for people who are hearing impaired. The film is close-captioned in English.

Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2013 (10am-4pm)

Video/Film Production Workshop for Young Adults
Camera Roll Productions – 5445 de Gaspé Ave., Suite 1010
How to get there?
Cost: $100

You must register in advance : Register online

Participants will spend two days exploring video production and collaboratively creating a short film on the theme of inclusion. They will be given access to the tools, equipment and guidance required to make personal and collaborative media projects. Contact us for more information or to register for the workshop. Be sure to sign up early as space is limited.

Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2013 (3pm)

The Human Race (in English)
Cineplex Forum – See March 22 listing for more information.
Eddie McGee will be present at all screenings.

Monday, March 25, 2013 (1pm)

Antoine (in French)
Cégep du Vieux Montréal – 255 Ontario Street East, Room 4.82
How to get there?
Director:          Laura Bari (Canada, 2008)
Running Time: 52 mins
Genre:             Documentary
Admission:      Free

A sensitive and poetic portrait of the real and imaginary life of Antoine, a five-year-old blind detective who runs, drives, hosts radio shows and adores simultaneous telephone conversations. Over the course of two years, Antoine uses a microphone to discover and capture the sounds that surround him, thereby co-creating the film’s soundtrack.

Director Laura Bari will introduce the film and conduct a short Q&A after the screening.

Accessibility: The venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. The film is open-captioned in French and has described video.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (7pm)

Défi Pérou (in French)
Cinéma Beaubien – 2396 Beaubien Street East
How to get there?
Director:          Lisette Marcotte (Canada, 2008)
Running Time: 90 mins
Genre:             Documentary
Admission:      Free but you need to confirm your presence with reservations@trisomie.qc.ca since places are limited.

Six young adults with Down syndrome and six Special Education students hike to Machu Picchu and undertake a humanitarian project. Every day in this mythical place is a challenge; everybody surpasses their own limits. This group opens our minds to tolerance and difference. We are pleased to partner with the Regroupement pour la Trisomie 21 for this screening, which marks the five-year anniversary of this incredible project.

Members of the cast will introduce the film and conduct a short Q&A after the screening.

Accessibility: The venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. LSQ interpretation will be provided. The theatre is equipped with an infrared listening system for people who are hearing impaired.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (3:30pm)

La Riposte (in French)
Cégep du Vieux Montréal – 255 Ontario Street East; room 4.82 
How to get there?
Director:          Patrick Desjardins (Canada, 2009)
Running Time: 54 mins
Genre:             Documentary
Admission:      Free

This documentary presents the story of Patrick, an emerging filmmaker with a disability, as he tries to make his first feature film. La Riposte highlights the additional barriers faced by a filmmaker with cerebral palsy.

Director Patrick Desjardins will introduce the film and conduct a short Q&A after the screening.

Accessibility: The venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. LSQ interpretation will be provided.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (7pm)

An Evening of Shorts: Autism, Art, and Animation (in English)

Dawson College – 3040 Sherbrooke Street West, 4th floor amphitheatre
How to get there?
Admission: Free

Keynote: Michelle Dawson

Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket
Director:          Dennis Connors (U.S., 2009)
Running Time: 17 mins
Genre:             Documentary

This award-winning film chronicles the story of Alex Masket, a unique autistic artist with a profound and varied body of work. Containing interviews with art experts and a community of supporters, Breaking Boundaries documents the kinetic energy and wholly individualistic style of this young artist. The film sheds light on the creative impulse and the notion of artistic communication.

The Animations of Eric Bent

Autistic filmmaker Eric Bent will introduce his short animated films and give a brief presentation after the screening. 

A number of other short animations by autistic filmmakers will also be presented.

Accessibility: The venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Thursday, March 28, 2013 (12pm)

See What I am Saying (in English)
McGill University – 3700 McTavish Street, Room 129
How to get there?
Director:          Hilari Scarl (U.S., 2010)
Running Time: 90 mins
Genre:             Documentary
Rating:            PG-13
Admission:      Free

This award-winning documentary follows four well-known entertainers in the deaf community (a comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer) as they overcome personal obstacles and celebrate professional landmarks.

The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion on Deaf culture.

Accessibility: The venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have reduced mobility. ASL-English and LSQ interpretation will be provided for the conference. The film is open-captioned in English.