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VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL
Monday, November 30
"The Matchmaker" and "Sock Guys"
$5 (includes both Sock Guys and The Matchmaker)
A peek inside a truly unique business owned and operated by a young man with Down Syndrome and his father. The Long Island-based duo have cultivated an integrated workplace, where people with intellectual disabilities work alongside their neurotypical colleagues, to help spread messages of inclusivity and empowerment to their adoring customers.
The Matchmaker is a funny and poignant short film that follows Sam and his mother Flora as she moves into her new retirement home (in the Independent Section, she’ll have you know). Sam becomes a sort of eHarmony anti-Alzheimer’s matchmaker with sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and definitely surprising results. The Matchmaker celebrates the unique and vibrant atmosphere of the retirement community while conveying a sharp edge and hopeful ending.
ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Founded in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.