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On this week’s NYWIFT Talks we’ll discuss ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York taking place as a hybrid event April 7-13, 2022. We’ll speak with ReelAbilities Director and Co-Founder Isaac Zablocki about what’s in store for this year’s festival and also speak with director, Lynn Montgomery whose film, Amazing Grace will be screened at the festival.
This conversation will be moderated by Executive Director at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Rachel Byrne.
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Time: 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom (Link can be found in confirmation email)
Cost to attend: Free
Isaac Zablocki is the Director of film programs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan , and the Director and Co-Founder of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. He attended film school at Columbia University and went on to work at Miramax Films. Previously, he produced and directed feature films and developed film educational programs for the Board of Education. Since 2004, Isaac has been developing film programs at the JCC including The Israel Film Center. Beyond ReelAbilities, he programs multiple film festivals annually including the acclaimed Other Israel Film Festival about Arab and minority populations in Israel.
Lynn Montgomery has been a writer since she was six years old and penned her opus, The Stinkopottamus. She has written for radio, print, television and film. She won a Writer’s Guild Award and a LA Emmy. Amazing Grace is her feature directorial debut.
Rachel Byrne (moderator) is the Executive Director at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. She has been working in the field of pediatric rehabilitation and cerebral palsy research for the past 14 years. Rachel has a background in physical therapy, with a particular interest in neuroplasticity and motor learning. Her early career as a clinician delivering physical therapy services in schools, hospitals and private practice is underpinned by her research interests focused on knowledge translation and the impact on a person’s ability to participate in the community across the lifespan. At the Foundation, she has continued her research interest in evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, early detection and interventions across the lifespan and population studies for cerebral palsy. Rachel was instrumental in developing the Just Say Hi inclusion curriculum which is now being taught nationally. In the last 12 years she has given multiple presentations at international conferences and managed large multisite research projects.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.