Now in its eleventh year, the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival aims to give exposure to films that portray disability in an honest and respectful way. The festival includes a short film competition, which has grown over the years to now include entrants from all over the world.
The centerpieces of the fest, though, are the feature films that are shown on Friday and Saturday night. This year's Friday night film is Musical Chairs, which tells the story of a dance instructor who, after losing the use of her legs in an accident, learns to continue dancing in her wheelchair. Friday night also features a live performance by mixed ability dance project Body Shift.
Saturday night, the fest closes with a screening of the heartfelt comedy/drama The Little Tin Man, an independent film that's been getting great reviews. Aaron Beelner, who plays the lead role of Herman, a little person struggling to make it as an actor (and to avoid being typecast), will be on hand Saturday to answer questions following the screening.