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Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival Offers Entertainment and Education

The Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend. The festival specializes in "disabilty films," which festival coordinator William Greer defines as a film about, starring, or made by a person with a disabilty.

This year, the festival will be headlined by two feature documentaries, "The Crash Reel" and "Getting Up: The Temp One Story." "The Crash Reel" focuses on aspiring Olympic snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his attempts to return to competitive snowboarding after suffering a traumatic brain injury. "Getting Up: The Temp One" Story documents grafiti artist Tempt-One as he learns a new way to practice his art after being paralyzed by the degenerative nerve disorder ALS.

In addition to the two features, the fest will feature director interviews, a live art demonstration,and  several short films. One of those shorts will feature festival coordinator William Greer himself; a blind marathon runner, Greer completed the 2013 Boston Marathon with his sighted guide, "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me"'s Peter Sagal. The two crossed the finish lineminutes before the event became the site of a terrorist bombing.

William Greer and Dennis Borel discuss Greer's 2013 Boston Marathon experience

Cinema Touching Disability November 1 and 2 Alamo Drafthouse Village

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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