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Ballet on Screen: JEWELS

Divided into three distinct and stunning movements, Jewels exemplifies the range and vision of George Balanchine, perhaps the finest ballet choreographer in history. 'Emeralds' draws on the French Romantic music of Gabriel Fauré, 'Rubies' on Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York, and finally 'Diamonds' brings things to a close with grandeur and elegance, set to Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony. A late piece by Balanchine first performed in 1967, this groundbreaking abstract three-act ballet was the first of its kind.

CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY

The world is still catching up with the genius of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane. A visionary who transformed the world of music by pushing the very boundaries of the genre, he was able to transcend barriers as a commercial artist who created revolutionary sounds. The soft-spoken Coltrane rarely did any radio interviews, but here Academy Award–winner Denzel Washington brings his words to life through readings and reflections from Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Common, Cornel West and more.

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Specturm: A Story of the Mind & Adam’s Bar Mitzvah

Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Spectrum: A Story of the Mind
DIR. JILL JONES + BRENT YONTZ | 24 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | TORONTO PREMIERE
An inventive animated and live action documentary that explores the inner sensory experiences of Autism, featuring Temple Grandin and Judy Endow.
ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Hold Music & Looking at the Stars

In the Al Green Theatre (in the Miles Nadal JCC)
DIR. MICHAEL MCNEELY | 10 MIN | CANADA | SHORT | WORLD PREMIERE
In this 10-minute semi-silent experimental short, a young, gay, deaf-blind man faces a number of challenges when purchasing tickets for a musical for himself and his loved ones. Q & A with Director Michael McNeely and Cast.
ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for Q&A

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Swim Team

In the Al Green Theatre (in the Miles Nadal JCC)

DIR. LARA STOLMAN | 100 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | TORONTO PREMIERE
Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion and independence. From the opening day of the swim season to the opening ceremony of the national Special Olympics, this multifaceted doc explores the struggles and triumphs of three young athletes with Autism. Meet Director Lara Stolman after the film for Q & A.
ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for Q&A

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Sanctuary

In the Al Green Theatre (in the Miles Nadal JCC)
DIR. LEN COLLIN | 85 MIN | IRELAND | NARRATIVE | CANADIAN PREMIERE
In this dramatic comedy, Larry and Sophie are trying to find intimacy in a world doing everything to keep them apart. Their night together takes unexpected twists and turns when they bribe their caregiver into booking them a hotel room.
Panel presented by Community Living Toronto.
ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for panel discussion

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