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ReelAbilities began in 2007 as a NYC-based festival showcasing films that promote "the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities." Since then, it's become a national operation, popping up in Boston, Chicago and now Philly. Hosted by the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, the three-day film fest kicks off with Shooting Beauty, a doc that chronicles the life of fashion photog Courtney Bent, and concludes with the 2009 Australian animated comedy Mary and Max. These are the bookends to a week of screenings and events, including a sneak peek at Philly-based director Buddy Clayman's new documentary OC87 and a juried exhibition of artwork by artists with physical disabilities.
June 3-10, various times, prices and locations, 267-256-2114, philadelphia.reelabilities.org.