ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus


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Gateway Film Center

1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201


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Screening: Nise, the Heart of Madness 


VSA Ohio and partners present the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival in Columbus at the Gateway Film Center with FREE screenings of award-winning films and local presentations that celebrate the lives, stories, and art of people with disabilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival in Columbus is free and open to the public with screenings every other month, January through November 2018.


Fifteen films including full-length features and shorts addressing some of the many facets of the disability experience will be screened, coming from the US and abroad. Columbus is one of 16 cities in the States to present the traveling program of the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival. ReelAbilities brings the community together to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.


SCREENING MAY 16, 2018: 

Nise, the Heart of Madness

108 minutes | Brazil

*This film is intended only for mature audiences.

An indomitable psychiatrist refuses to employ electroshock therapy, initiating an art therapy revolution and confronting Brazils mental health establishment. Based on a true story.


Matinee : 10:30am (film only)  

Event : 6:00pm social hour in the Gateway's Torpedo Room, pop up art gallery by Fresh A.I.R. artists and Southeast Inc. Healthcare Services, film at 7:00pm 



2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus is always free and always at Gateway Film Center.


January 17 - Tramontane


March 14 - Lefty & Loosey | Nocebo | The Quiet Ones | The Forgotten


May 16 - Nise: the Heart of Madness


July 18 - Keep the Change | Sanctuary


September 12 - Sky | Children of God | Stutter | The Astronaut's Secret


November 14 - Midfield | Prison Dogs


Registration is requested but not required. To make a reservation, please visit our website at You can also make a reservation in-person at the Gateway Film Center located at 1550 North High St. Columbus, Ohio 43201 or call the Gateway at 614-247-4433.


ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus is presented by VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability. VSA Ohio is a non-profit organization. The touring program is sponsored by the ReelAbilities Film Festival and JCC Manhattan, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Friends of VSA Ohio, Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, ARC Industries and in partnership with Gateway Film Center, Illuminating: Ohio State Film Studies, Nicolette Cinematographics, Food for Good Thought, Southeast Inc. Healthcare Services, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery and local artists.


This is an accessible cultural event; additional accommodation confirmations should be directed to VSA Ohio.


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