While the ReelAbilities Film Festival
won’t return to Cincinnati until March 2017, nonprofit organizer Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled
(LADD) has put together a series of monthly “ReelPrograms” happenings leading up to the main event.
Intended to build anticipation for ReelAbilities, the region’s largest film festival, and also prompt dialogue about the abilities of those labeled as “disabled,” ReelPrograms will feature everything from encore screenings of past years’ award-winning films to the ReelBeauty
photography exhibition that made its debut at Christ Church Cathedral
The exhibition features the work of Rick Guidotti, internationally known fashion photographer turned activist and founder of Positive Exposure
, a nonprofit aiming to shift perceptions of those living with physical, genetic, intellectual or behavioral differences.
“I see beauty everywhere,” says Guidotti, who hopes to challenge viewers to “change how they see,” then “see how they change.”
Guidotti photographed 12 local families to produce a collection of 22 photos for ReelBeauty
. Rather than walking down the street and choosing to stare at someone or make eye contact then quickly look away, he says his aim in photographing those with differences is to showcase the shared humanity one can only recognize after steadying one’s gaze and looking directly into another person’s eyes.
“There are individuals everywhere in the world that don’t want to be seen as diseased or as a diagnosis,” Guidotti says. “We all want to be seen as human beings.”
Photos will remain on display through the end of May.
• Check out ReelBeauty.
at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St. downtown. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday.
• Mark your calendar for other upcoming ReelPrograms
with Cincinnati ReelAbilities on social media or by getting involved as a volunteer or supporter.