Oct 18 - 19 2019
Cinema Touching Disability Film Fest

Cinema Touching Disability Film Fest

Presented by Coalition of Texans with Disabilities at Alamo Drafthouse - Village

Presented by Texas Central, America’s Bullet Train

CTDFF is beyond delighted to bring RJ Mitte to Austin to host this year’s Fest!

A black and white portrait of RJ smiling easily in a light jacket.

Best known for his portrayal of Walter “Flynn” White Jr. for five riveting seasons of AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning “Breaking Bad,” RJ Mitte is an actor, advocate, and philanthropist. He has carved out his niche in Hollywood by breaking down stereotypes and changing people’s mindsets with his easy going demeanor and positive outlook on life.

In addition to a growing body of work on the big and small screens, RJ has made a name for himself in the fashion industry and as an advocate for people with disabilities.

The best in disability shorts from around the world!

Both nights, we’ll screen finalists from our international Short Film Competition, where filmmakers are invited to share their interesting, imaginative, and creative representations of disability on film. View the best of this year’s 64 Documentary and 67 Non-documentary submissions (from 25 countries).

All attendees to the Festival get to cast a vote for Audience Favorite!

Runway of Dreams & the CTDFF Adaption Fashion Challenge!

Adaptive fashion is having a moment, as retail stores across the country are venturing into clothing designed specifically for people with disabilities. We’re thrilled to be screening a documentary short from an essential organization in the adaptive fashion movement, Runway of Dreams! This trailblazing Foundation “promotes people with disabilities in the fashion industry and advances the future of adaptive design and innovation.”

Plus, Runway of Dreams founder Mindy Scheier will join us after the film for a Skype Q&A about her work of making big companies think about accessible design and what we can expect in the near future!

To complement our partnership with Runway of Dreams, CTDFF is proud to announce our own Adaptive Fashion Challenge! We reached out to CTD members to ask, what are some challenges you have with clothing and dressing? It became clear that there were many overlapping problems!

in slivers, close-ups of five women.

So we selected 5 models with a disability and a clothing-related problem—MarisaCarolMimiJosselyn, and Tanya—and paired them up with Austin-based Ronkita Design and UTMB MakerHealth Space engineer Dr. Aisen Caro Chacin.

Together, they are going figure it out!

Join us as we debut each of the designs, screen a locally-made short documentary about our Adaptive Fashion Challenge, and hold a Q&A with the models and designers!

The Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition is a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD), Texas’ oldest and largest cross-disability advocacy organization. CTD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with Federal Tax ID #74-2071160. Cinema Touching Disability is made possible with major sponsor support from Texas Central, America’s Bullet Train, Superior HealthPlan, United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Genentech, Amerigroup, AT&T, Cigna, and Hart Intercivic.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Financial Support for this project is also provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. *$6,816 (89%) DD funds; $804 (11%) non-federal resources.

Admission Info

A $10.00 ticket guarantees a seat and can be redeemed for $10.00 worth of food and drink from the Drafthouse menu.

Phone: 512-478-3366 x310

Email: filmfest@txdisabilities.org

Dates & Times

2019/10/18 - 2019/10/19

Additional time info:

The theater opens for seating at 6:00pm and the program starts at 6:30pm.

Location Info

Alamo Drafthouse - Village

2700 West Anderson, Austin, TX 78757

Parking Info

The Alamo Drafthouse Village has ample parking day and night with 24 hour security surveillance patrol.