Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

Film Fest logo. A blue handy man leaning forward holds a green video camera. The wheel of his wheelchair forms the C in the phrase Cinema Touching Disability.

October 19 - 20, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin TX, 78757 (map)

Take a sneak peek at this year's program, or check out the full line-up below!


Thanks to Justin Shamlian for the bumper!

 

Pre-show in the Lobby (Friday and Saturday, 6:00)

Handiman with video camera in a wheelchair with a film reel as a wheel. Text 15th annual CTDFF
Thanks to Emily Andujar for the design!

Friday

7:00 Theater Doors Open

A young woman in glasses smiles placidly at the camera. The bow a cello is visible in front of her shoulder.7:20 Intro and Welcome

7:30 Screening: TILLY'S SYMPHONY with intro by Tilly Jones

Teemage Tilly Jones, who has cerebral palsy among other conditions, plays five musical  instruments and has learnt to construct classical pieces for both string ensembles and more recently, a full orchestra. Despite all the challenges she faces, her determination to write and play music is strong. This short documentary reveals Tilly’s great ambitions to fulfill her passion of music and the hard work she faces to get there.

7:40 Screening: THE PURRR-FECT DREAM 

Walter dreams of becoming a kitty cat. He travels with his friends to the Planet Droo in search of the wizard who can turn him into a cat. He and his friends have thrilling and dangerous encounters along the way. Is this real or is this a dream? Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem A Dream Within A Dream.

Post-film discussion by students from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

7:50 Screening: winners of the 2018 Short Film Competition (non-documentary division)

As always, we bring you the best in international disability cinema with the winners from this year's Short Film Competition. Don't miss your chance to vote for Audience Favorite!

9:10 Screening: retrospective shorts I

Shot from a low angle, a young man with no legs and a determined expression leans forward on a skateboard as he propels himself with his hands.

To celebrate 15 years of Cinema Touching Disability, we're proud to present a retrospective program, with selected short films from our Short Film Competition. Revisit favorites from all over the globe that have screened at past Fests!

10:00 Theater Doors Close

Saturday

7:00 Theater Doors Open

7:15 Intro and Welcome

7:25 Screening: TILLY'S SYMPHONY with intro by Tilly Jones

Teenager Tilly Jones, who has cerebral palsy among other conditions, plays five musical instruments and has learnt to construct classical pieces for both string ensembles and more recently, a full orchestra. Despite all the challenges she faces, her determination to write and play music is strong. This short documentary reveals Tilly’s great ambitions to fulfill her passion of music and the hard work she faces to get there.

7:35 Screening: winners of the 2018 Short Film Competition (documentary division)

As always, we bring you the best in international disability cinema with the winners from this year's Short Film Competition. Don't miss your chance to vote for Audience Favorite!

8:25 Pen 2 Paper featured authors

A short reading, with work written and read by local authors with disabilities, selected by CTD's Pen 2 Paper creative writing contest.

A man speaking into a tape recorder lounges on a bench, while the woman sitting next to him seems intrigued but hesitant.

8:35 Screening retrospective shorts II

To celebrate 15 years of Cinema Touching Disability, we're proud to present a retrospective program, with selected short films from our Short Film Competition. Revisit favorites from all over the globe that have screened at past Fests!

On a flat, snowy field with mountains in the background, four people play in the snow. One chases another on foot, while two in wheelchairs watch and wave from either side.9:20 Screening: SHATTERING STEREOTYPES ON MT. EVEREST with intro by Gene Rodgers

Meet a group of disabled adults with a mission to climb the world's tallest mountain. Organized by CTD in 2003, this record-breaking expedition truly shows us all that there are no limits.

Video greeting by Team Everest 03 Expedition Leader Gary Guller and live Q&A with Team Everest 03 team members Gene Rodgers, Riley Woods, and Joni Rogers!

10:00 Close of Festival

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