Thursday, February 23, 2017

MARCH 5TH, 2017

7:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Engelman Recital Hall

55 Lexington Ave. (entrance on 25th Street between 3rd & Lexington Ave.)

New York City

March is the month of Heitor Villa-Lobos birth and to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his birth the BMF will bring together local musicians who will present some of Villa-Lobos’s timeless works such as Choro no. 1, 5 preludes, String Quartet no. 5, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 with soprano Angelica de la Riva and guitar quartet, Melodia Sentimental, Canção de Amor, Alma Brasileira (Choro No. 5) with the pianist Max Barros, and other beautiful pieces by the composer, conducted by Rafael Piccolotto.

Considered, during his lifetime, the greatest composer of the Americas, Heitor Villa-Lobos composed about 2,000 works and his importance lies, among other things, in having reformulated the Brazilian concept of musical nationalism and becoming his greatest enthusiast. It was also through Villa-Lobos that Brazilian music came to be represented in other countries and became universal.

An autodidact who was constantly nourished by the work of J.S. Bach, Villa-Lobos occupies in the context of Brazilian music a position similar to that of Bach in Western music: a source of inspiration and reference for several generations of composers.

The concert is supported by Sônia Rubinsky, winner of the LATIN GRAMMY in 2009 as “Best Classical Record of the Year” for her recording of Villa-Lobos piano works, Museu Villa-Lobos (SP) and Joao Luiz Rezende.

The BMF aims to present a series of chamber concerts with the works of Villa-Lobos, as well as those of Carlos Gomes and other great Brazilian classical composers.

Prices range from $25 to $55 dollars + facility fees


For more information Email:


Call (917) 400-1578

The revenue from this event will be allocated to the educational programs of

BMFSOM (Brazilian Music School in New York)

Organizing for Action

Infuriatingly, members of Congress continue to push for the repeal of Obamacare. It's unnerving for a number of reasons, but just remember what our health care system looked like just a few years ago -- especially for women.

Before the law was signed, maternity care was not considered an essential benefit -- if an expectant mother's plan didn't cover it, she could be facing huge costs just to make sure she had a healthy baby. Preventive care was inaccessible for millions of women. Insurance companies could refuse to cover women who had been sick or pregnant, or who'd had a C-section. And women could be charged higher insurance premiums just for being women. None of that is OK.

Obamacare was a huge step in the right direction. It changed all of that, making quality care more accessible for women across the country (all while helping reduce the uninsured rate to historic levels, I should note).

Opponents of the law don't seem to care about that. They're still scheming to rip away coverage from millions of Americans. The fact is, repealing Obamacare and ending Medicaid as we know it would put the health and economic security of 7.8 million women -- including 5.1 million women of color -- at risk. So if we don't want to go back to the way things were, it's up to all of us to say something.

Do one thing today to speak out against repeal and in support of Obamacare -- add your name to the petition now, and we'll follow up with other ways you can make an impact.

Before Obamacare became law, only one state had nearly universal coverage among female residents between 18 and 64. In the years since the law passed, five states and Washington, D.C. have achieved nearly universal health coverage of women between 18 and 64 -- and in the majority of states, more than 90 percent now have coverage.

That's undeniable progress. We should be building on it. Opponents could be investing this time into figuring out how to expand access to more people, how to make it work better for all parties involved -- but instead, they're attempting to drag us back to the way things were before the law was passed, with millions of women losing their health care in the process.

That's unacceptable. Don't stay silent as they try to take away our care -- make your voice heard now.

Add your name

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Dila Vidal at the Galeria NYC

January 31, 2017


Celebrate the diversity of human experience and discuss issues around the portrayal of people with disabilities in media and film. Films with varied perspectives showcase the lives and stories of people with different abilities. The evening will feature excerpts from Swim TeamThe Reboundand Dancing on Wheelsaccompanied by a discussion with filmmakers and audience Q&A.

Closing Night: How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama

Join us for Closing Night of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, featuring a screening of How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama. Followed by Q&A with filmmakers and The Blind Boys of Alabama quartet, as well as closing night dessert reception.
Dir. Leslie McCleave
89 min, USA, Documentary
Legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama has an amazing career—since meeting at a state-run, segregated vocational institute for the blind in the 1930s, they have toured continuously, amassing five Grammy Awards and universal acclaim. They soared through the golden era of gospel in the 1950s, experienced difficult times when rock ’n’ roll took over, and resurged with the Broadway hit Gospel at Colonus. Now, as the group enters its seventh decade, they are as artistically vital as ever, collaborating with musicians like Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, and others. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, remarkable view of life on the road and in the studio with a group of renowned performers.

Dancing On Wheels: Kitty Lunn

Meet renowned dancer Kitty Lunn on screen and in person. A screening of Qingzi Fan’s short film Dancing on Wheels will be followed by a dance performance by protagonists Kitty Lunn and Krishna Christine Washburn, and a conversation with Lunn and filmmaker Qingzi Fan.
Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.
Dir. Qingzi Fan
10 min, USA, Documentary
Kitty Lunn, a paraplegic dancer, has been teaching students with disabilities for the past thirty years.

Daytime Educational Screening Program

Throughout the week of ReelAbilities, we offer select films for FREE for students and educators at JCC Manhattan’s screening room, followed by a moderated conversation. We welcome all schools to take advantage of this special initiative. For more information, contact

Diversity in Art: A Film and Craft Program

This is an art program highlighting diversity. Participants will watch the short film Picked, followed by a Dr. Seuss storytime and a craft. Open to children ages 4+. First come, first served.
*Fun Fact: March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Born March 2, 1904. We will celebrate diversity with a Dr. Seuss theme!*

Fifth Annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film at Pace University

Screening begins with a wine and cheese reception at 5pm. Films screen at 6pm and include:

Gallery Tour in American Sign Language

Conversation with an Educator— Guercino’s Samson Captured by the PhilistinesEmmanuel von Schack
Saturday Mar 4, 11 am
Free with Museum admission. Meet at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601.
Reservations are required. Contact or 212-650-2010

On Display: A Movement Installation by Heidi Latsky Dance

A deconstructed art exhibit / fashion installation, offering a commentary on society’s obsession with body image. Presented in the open and free space of the JCC Manhattan lobby, the installation allows performers and the public alike to fully witness each other. In addition to the movement installations, photographs from previous iterations of ON DISPLAY will be exhibited in the L2 corridor.
Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.

Opening Night Gala: Sanctuary

Join us for the Red Carpet Opening Night of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, featuring the NY premiere of Sanctuary. Screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers and special guests as well as opening night reception.
Dir. Len Collin
85 min, Ireland, Narrative
NY Premiere
Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe their feckless caretaker to book them a hotel for an afternoon. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple—they both have intellectual disabilities, and by attempting to be intimate, they’re breaking the law in Ireland. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eyes of their caretakers and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

Passing the Torch — Advocacy Forum

ReelAbilities is celebrating advocacy and honoring individuals who are leading the way for inclusion and accessibility. Join us for an intergenerational panel discussion featuring disability rights advocates discussing the accomplishments of the movement and the pressing issues we face today.
Presented in partnership with Independence Care System

Reel Diversity: The Audacity of Authenticity + The View From Tall

Join award-winning filmmakers and actors at this special industry event, exploring and celebrating diversity on screen. Event will begin with a cocktail reception and will feature the NY Premiere of The View from Tall
As film and television help define the vision we have of the world, it is crucial for all to be represented and for authentic portrayals to be the visions we support. Filmmakers and actors with disabilities continue to have limited access to opportunities in film and television.  How can we foster more inclusion? What are positive examples of inclusion? What can each person do on an individual level to create change? Join us as we talk with the best in the industry who are leading the way to full inclusion and authentic representation of disability. We’ll not only be talking about how they do what they do but also how we all can have a real and lasting inclusive impact.
Presented in partnership with SAG-AFTRA

Reel Encounters

A collection of short films featuring the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Selections include:
Note: Not all films shown in all locations. Please see details for specific compilations.

Reel Exchange

NY’s ReelAbilities and Moscow’s Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are engaged in a Social Expertise Exchange program under the auspices of the Eurasia Foundation. Join us for a panel discussion, press conference, adaptive technology demonstration, and learn best practices from our guests.

Reel Exchange: Making Film Accessible

NY’s ReelAbilities and Moscow’s Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are engaged in a Social Expertise Exchange program under the auspices of the Eurasia Foundation. Join us for a panel discussion and learn best practices from our guests.
This program will allow you to learn more about how to make films accessible for people with disabilities. Hear the perspectives of US and Russian professionals as they discuss some of the lesser-known techniques for ensuring that your films are open to the widest possible audience.
Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.

Reel Exchange: Round Table

NY’s ReelAbilities and Moscow’s Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are pleased to present a new two-country initiative focused on advancing the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). This project, conducted under the auspices of Eurasia Foundation’s US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE), will examine portrayals of PWDs in film and other media, and explore how these portrayals are connected with larger issues of inclusiveness and accessibility in the US and Russia. The participants in this panel will discuss the various ways disability issues are being handled in their local communities.

Reel Exchange: Technology and Disabilities

Featuring US and Russian tablet-based innovations, virtual reality experiences and more
This event will give you the chance to meet US and Russian experts and hear more about their work using adaptive technology for people with disabilities. These include new tablet-based apps for children with developmental disabilities, new digital storybooks specifically for deaf and hard of hearing children, and a new virtual reality program for wheelchair users.
Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan.

Reel Spectrum

Join us for a family-friendly, sensory-friendly collection of shorts focusing on individuals on the autism spectrum. Screening includes:
Dir. Harriet Maire
9 min, New Zealand, Narrative
Anna’s routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus.
Dir. Jill Jones
24 min, USA, Documentary
An inventive animated and live action documentary about autism and sensory perception. Featuring Temple Grandin
Dir. Brian Binder, Brian Mezerski + Daniel Spiller
9 min, USA, Documentary
Ryan combines his loves of photography and urban exploration, documenting abandoned buildings in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Presented as part of ReelAbilities R&R, an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs at JCC Manhattan
Also shown at Port Jefferson Village Center, presented by St. Charles Hospital Catholic Health Services. See screening schedule below for more information.

ReelAbilities Festival FlexPass

Click here to purchase a ReelAbilities Festival FlexPass.
Get five (5) general admission tickets to films screening at JCC Manhattan as part of the 9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, excluding special events & programs. See a full list of films at JCC Manhattan at
*Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the JCC Manhattan box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets in advance, as screenings do sell out. The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708.

ReelAbilities R&R

Join us for an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs. Programs include a theater workshop, ASL choir, and much more.

Shabbat Dinner, Movies + Conversation: Reel Signs

ReelAbilities’ Dinner + Conversation is back with a compilation of riveting deafness-related short films:
Dir. Cody Broadway
17 min, USA, Documentary
Follow the road to success  of the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers, as the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments takes on a competitive league .
Dir. Alexander Korolev27 min, Russia, NarrativeA sign language theater director has a love affair with his lead actress, but is unable to leave his wife.
Dir. Teresa Garratty
15 min, UK, Narrative
In this murder mystery , a teacher at a boarding school for the deaf is brutally murdered, and the suspects are narrowed down to four students.
Presented in partnership with The Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC).
Advanced registration required.

Yoocan Story Competition

Yoocan and ReelAbilites have joined forces for the first annual “Film My Story” competition. We are looking for empowering stories that will give hope or encouragement to someone else with a disability. The winner of the competition will have the chance to share their story and have it filmed by a professional videographer. The short film will then be showcased at the 2018 ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival.
Please click here to learn more and to enter competition.
ReelAbilities, presented by JCC Manhattan, in partnership with Ladd Inc. National sponsors: Jason's Connection , Saul Schottenstein Foundation B.
ReelAbilities: New York
334 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023

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