Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

the 19th Annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival OCT 14-15, 2022. Lost Reel Short Film Showcase AUG 16-SEPT 15, 2022

The Lost Reel films in 2022

At dusk, a man in a powerchair speeds past a chainlink fence.

Act of God

Dir. Spencer Cook, Parker Smith
A disabled man’s commute is interrupted by a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk, just out of reach. It flutters away as soon as he moves towards it, leading him on a chase that forces him to reconsider his toxic ideal of self-sufficiency. Trailer

Beautiful Bear

Dir. Stuart Quinn
Peter is on autism spectrum and lives with a soft toy bear companion called Teddy, who are inseparable. However, one night he must summon the courage to face a situation he has never faced before and for the first time...without Teddy.

Film poster for the Beautiful Colors of Jeremy Sicile-Kira: closeup of a frowning man with a moustache and bread in profile.Light green blurs dot the foreground. Superimposed over the image are award laurels in black, the title of the film in pink and purple bold text, and the words A Film By Aaron Lemle in purple italics.


Dir. Aaron Lemle. United States
Jeremy Sicile-Kira uses painting to transcend his disability and communicate his dreams to others.

Being Haddie

Dir. Jason Carter
Meet Haddie, a Liberian American girl living in Bahrain and her attitude towards her disability, Cerebral Palsy. She wants to reach out to the families of people with disabilities and let them know that they are not alone.

Dead End Drive

Dir. Alexander Yellen
During the zombie apocalypse, one survivor finds a dead end that will hopefully lead him to salvation.

Film poster for Feeling Through: at night, two men in winter clothes sit side by side in front of a grattifi-covered gate. One clasps his hands and looks anxiously to the side. The other holds a notebook calmly in both hands. Below the image, pale yellow text reads Academy award nomination for best live action short film Feeling Through, a film by Doug Roland.


Dir. Doug Roland. United States
FEELING THROUGH, the first film to star a DeafBlind actor, is a coming of age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of help getting home. From an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

If You Could Touch Me Now

Dir. Anne Kjær
If You Could Touch Me Now is a student project by Anne Kjær, an autistic student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, in which she explores film as social action and focuses on the intersection between disability and sensuality. Featuring Robert Softley Gale, artistic director of the disability-led Birds of Paradise Theatre Company in Glasgow, the film is a cinematic poem about touch and pleasure from the perspective of disabled people.

Matin Ecchymose

Dir. Émilie Peltier
Deaf people from Quebec City meet Queer artist Mo Bolduc and, using the Quebec sign language, interpret some poems written at the Maison de la littérature in March 2020. The film is the result of this encounter, between read texts and their appropriation by Karl Normand, Maritza Côté, Josée Villeneuve and Élisabeth Rhéaume, as powerful and poetic echoes.

Film poster for Vernos Florecer: a painting of fifteen women, holding signs, making signs in their hands, or raising their arms, most smiling. Above them, blooms sprout from the words Vernos Florecer.


Dir. Claudia Castellàn, Huayra Bello. Guatemala
In January 2020, the Women with the Ability to Dream in Color (Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores) collective and the METOCA organization conducted the first Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory exclusively for women with disabilities. In Sololà, Guatemala, using their creativity, complicity, pleasure, and collective strength, this group starts to break their silence and change a history of exclusion and violence legitimated by the state, the system and society at large. Trailer

What If?

Dir. Teresa Garratty
After a bad break-up, Jess focuses on rebuilding her life and her self esteem. Dating someone new might help, but what if it all goes wrong? Only one way to find out.

Within the Silence

Dir. Jade Tailor
A young girl, Iris, escapes a tumultuous reality and her abusive father by fleeing deep into her imagination. As she immerses herself in her storybook, she finds that the reality she had once known would quickly fade away. It is there, in the depths of her mind, that she finds hope, a touch of magic, and a place few dare to dream. Instagram

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