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  • Join us for the free Family Film and Arts Day...
  • April 28, 2017

    Join us for the free Family Film and Arts Day at Holland Bloorview on May 13, part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival

    Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to partner with the ReelAbilities Film Festival, presented by the Miles Nadal JCC. Holland Bloorview is hosting the Family Film and Art Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

    ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in North America dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and art of people with disabilities and Deaf people. The festival runs from May 10 to May 18, 2017.

    Family Film and Art Day

    Date:   Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Location:  Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, 150 Kilgour Rd., Toronto. Learn more about WheelTrans and TTC, limited onsite parking and directions. Learn more about event accessibility (ASL, open captioning, etc.) on ReelAbilities website.

    All films being screened are RATED PG. Parental guidance is suggested. 

     

    Learn more at toronto.reelabilities.org, or reserve your FREE TICKETS online.

     

    Family arts activities

    Atrium

    Between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    artsXpress: arts and crafts led by the creative team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

    Music, storytelling and facepainting.

    Urban Architecture by the Design Exchange: collaborate and examine what it means to build a city and make it function as a whole. Participants will build a small city scale model.

    Stop Motion with Toronto Animated Image Society: experience what happens behind-the-scenes of Stop Motion films.

     

    Youth panel: Arts and Accessibility

    Conference centre

    12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Panelists:

    Nikoletta Erdelyi, Writer and Poet

    About: Nikoletta is a former Holland Bloorview client who continues to be involved in paediatric healthcare as a volunteer and youth mentor. She spent 2014 performing in the award winning play ‘Borne’, at Soulpepper Theatre, depicting her lived experience of growing up with a disability. Today, she is getting ready to publish her first novel, ‘The Electronic Sticky-Notes That Saved My Life’, a story about heartbreak and healing, coming of age, and coming to terms with life with a physical disability.

    Wesley Magee Saxton, Drama Student

    About: Wesley is 17 and is currently a drama student in grade 12 at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. At Wexford, he has been in numerous shows as an actor, vocalist, and member of the Award-winning Wexford Gleeks Show Choir. Recently, he played a lead role in Wexford’s theatrical presentation of Haroun and the Sea of Stories which was directed by Jordan Pettle from Soul Pepper Theatre. This coming fall, Wesley will be studying in York University’s theatre program to further his performance education.

    Tai Young, Aspiring Actor and Broadway Hopeful

    About: Tai has a spinal cord injury and uses a manual wheelchair for mobility. As an active 13 year old, Tai has accomplished a lot in his life so far including being an ambassador for multiple agencies (Holland Bloorview / Easter Seals ) modelling for ads, commercial and TV work (Roll Play / Odd Squad and is a Current TVO Kids reporter). He is not afraid to try new things and has a very positive attitude on life. Tai was also a medal runner for the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour in 2011.

    Moderator: Julia Kowal, Chair of the Youth Advisory Council at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

     

    Films

    Conference centre

    Between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     

    CHILDREN OF GOD

    DIR. AHMED YASSIN | 10 MIN | IRAQ | NARRATIVE | CANADIAN PREMIERE

    A young amputee bets his prized possessions, hoping to grab the attention of the girl he loves.

     

    4 QUARTERS OF SILENCE

    DIR. CODY BROADWAY | 17 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | CANADIAN PREMIERE

    For every snap, hit, pass and run, one team tackles a unique challenge. Located in Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf is the only school out of 1,483 high school football teams that serves the Deaf.

     

    THE REBOUND

    DIR. SHAINA ALLEN | 65 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | CANADIAN PREMIERE

    Experience the spirit of sport in this true story of the Miami Heat Wheels quest for glory, and the journeys of three para-athletes in search of new dreams. The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

     

    MY LIFE IN THE CITY

    DIR. ADAM GOLDHAMMER | 12 MIN | CANADA | DOCUMENTARY SHORT |WORLD PREMIERE

    People with disabilities are often left out of conversations about city building. This film shares stories and ideas from adults with intellectual disabilities on urban spaces, development and a vision for the city of Toronto.

     

    PRINCESS JACK

    DIR. LESLEY JOHNSON | 8 MIN | CANADA | DOCUMENTARY SHORT

    This short documentary follows Jack, a boy with high-functioning autism, as he introduces us to his particular tastes in wardrobe, carefully applies costume makeup, and patiently works his way through sewing classes in hope of making his own princess ball-gown.

     

    Detailed schedule:

    10:00am - 4:00pm - Arts & Crafts, Live Music & Facepainting
    10:20am - 10:30am - Opening remarks (conference centre)
    10:30am - 11:00am - Film Screening Series #1
    11:00am - 12:30pm - Urban Architecture Workshop by the Design Exchange (10 years - )
    11:15am - 11:45 am - Film Screenings Series #2
    12:15pm - 1:00pm - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Youth Advisory Council Panel Discussion: Arts & Accessibility
    1:00pm - 2:15pm - Feature Screening: The Rebound
    1:00pm - 2:00 pm - Storytelling in the Atrium
    2:30pm - 3:00 pm - Film Screenings Series #2
    2:30pm - 4:00pm - Stop Motion Animation by the Toronto Animated Image Society (10 years +)
    3:15pm-3:45pm - Film Screenings Series #1