Wheelmap.org goes New York: At this year’s Reelabilities Film Festival the online map for wheelchair accessible places is proud to co-present two movies that are a must-see – especially for all cinema fans who long for a refreshing perspective on wheelchair users.

While people with disabilities were once again under-represented at last weekend’s Oscar ceremony, the Reelabilities Film Festival in New York City offers a completely different perspective.

Reelabilities, which runs from March 2 -8, is the largest disabilities film festival in the United States. Nearly all of the festival’s feature films include actors with disabilities, and yet the films do not focus specifically on their disabilities.

“Kills on Wheels” and “The Rebound”

This year, Wheelmap is partnering with Reelabilities to co-present two films in which wheelchair users figure prominently. The first film, “Kills on Wheels”, was Hungary’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film.

It is about two roommates at a Budapest care facility who become accomplices to a paraplegic hitman in a wheelchair. The movie cleverly plays with the fact that people often underestimate what people with a disability can do, resulting in a wildly original dark comedy.  

The second film, “The Rebound”, is a documentary about the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their quest for glory at a national championship. The players’ personal stories are intertwined with a story about team spirit, athleticism and passion for the sport.

Glamor in NYC with celebrities with disabilities

The film festival is taking place in more than 30 wheelchair accessible locations around New York City. The list of venues includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

As one would expect at a disabilities festival, the films are captioned or subtitled and audio descriptions, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille are available at many events.

The festival will not be without its share of glamor with prominent disability rights activists and actors with disabilities such as Lauren Potter (Glee) and R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad) in attendance.

The screenings which Wheelmap is co-presenting

Kills on Wheels
Sat, Mar 4, 8:30 PM
JCC Manhattan

The Rebound
Sun, Mar 5, 2 PM
JCC Manhattan

So, tell your friends in New York City about this unique opportunity to see so many great movies! #reelabilities