ReelAbilities Columbus Short Film Festival

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Event Details

Talkback with local artist Rebecca Gonzalez-Bartoli and Ohio filmmaker Aaron Conner to follow films

November 12, 2PM-4PM

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch


96 Grant Ave. Columbus, Ohio

Several film posters overlapping. 1. image of a person floating in water. 2. a man sits on a chair in a stark hallway 3. a woman gazes, her profile to the viewer. 4.  a series of black and white images with various women smiling. 5. The words LIMBO a film by Barak Drori on white background.

ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus is thrilled to screen six special short films that delve into the themes of mental health, triumph over addiction, and acts of courage.

This event is free and open to ages 18+

Following the films, join us for a Q&A session with local artist, Rebecca Gonzalez-Bartoli, and Ohio filmmaker Aaron Connor, who’s film, “Long Dark Road” will be featured in the festival. This insightful discussion will be expertly moderated by filmmaker, Matthew Swift.

The film screenings are scheduled to commence at 2:00 pm and will run for approximately an hour and a half. Talkback to follow screening.

Find the films listed below. Click the name of each film to learn more.

Remedial: Remedial is a coming-of-age narrative drama that centers around a young British boy who relocates to Houston, TX with his mother after a devastating and unexpected loss. After enrolling in a new school, his new homeroom teacher is forced to make a difficult decision when his behavior becomes increasingly disconcerting.

Do this for Me: Maintaining friendships in your twenties is tricky. Juggling careers, romance and the dread of turning 30. Meet Lex, Gracie, Beca, Kat, and Joy. We all know them, as we all are them. Reuniting tonight to pay tribute to a friend, tensions quickly rise as tipsy turns to drunk and grief takes hold of those left behind.

Limbo: At a point where he is on the verge of losing the last thread of sight he has left, Adam tries to process his lost. The future is grim. None existent. Literally. Will he give life a chance? Or give in and give up.

Limbo is a story that happens during one night, one crucial night in the lives of Adam, 40, and Rachel, 35. Adam in holding on to the last threads of his sight and realizing that his life (as he knows it, at least) is over. During this night, Adam and Rachel must figure out if there is a possible future out there, waiting for them. together.

Limbo – trailer from JCC Film on Vimeo.

Just in case: Within the ambiguous safety of a service station, a concerned father and his scared daughter take refuge. Rachel lives with bipolar disorder and the invisibility of her condition has become all too real for both herself and Mark. What happens when they realise that neither of them could save her life? In collaboration with Bipolar UK, ‘Just in Case’ explores the harsh reality of what it’s really like to live with bipolar disorder.

Just in Case – trailer from JCC Film on Vimeo.

BREATHE: In 1983, Julie Ridge became the first person to swim two consecutive laps around the Island of Manhattan (earning her a guest appearance on the David Letterman Show). Now living in Manhattan and working as a clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience, she dives into her memories of struggling with bipolar. BREATHE explores her relationship with marathon swimming and how the water has aided her along her journey.

Breathe – trailer from JCC Film on Vimeo.

Long Dark Road: Becoming lost on a rural backroad, a recovering addict seeks escape down an overgrown path. Reality soon distorts, and he must come to terms with himself to find his way back to the world.

Registration not required.

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Accessibility: Open captions will be provided.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT-05:00)


Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch

96 Grant Ave