NEW YORK -- Pace University recently hosted its annual film festival, Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film, at One Pace Plaza in lower Manhattan, showcasing the challenges and opportunities faced by those with disabilities in the New York area.
A collaboration between Pace's Dean of Students and the outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, this year's Disability Film Festival Marathon 2017 was the fifth iteration of the cinema showcase. The marathon highlighted short documentary and narrative films from the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City, which examined the autonomy and empowerment of people with disabilities.
Members of Pace worked in close partnership with AHRC New York City, an agency which assists those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as with the ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival.
“This year marks the fifth anniversary of Pace’s annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film,” said James P. Lawler, professor of Disability Studies and Information Technologies at Pace and chair and organizer of the Film Festival Marathon. “I am extremely grateful to our distinguished panel of experts and audience guests for making this year’s program a great success.”
A panel of experts discussed the messages highlighted in each of the films and invited engagement from guests. Following the panel discussion, moderators hosted a question and answer session with the audience, and sought out their opinion on film themes.