The 11th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York kicks off on Tuesday, April 1, running through Tuesday, April 8.
This year’s lineup features an amazing and powerful soccer film.
The Drummer & the Keeper is one of those films that no one would categorize purely as a soccer film. It has so many other themes, including mental health, acceptance, and friendship, among others.
The film stars Dermot Murphy (Bob Geldof in Bohemian Rhapsody) as Gabriel, a drummer in an up-and-coming rock band. He suffers from bipolar disorder and is forced to attend therapy sessions at mixed-ability soccer games. While playing footy, Gabriel meets Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, played by Jacob McCarthy. The story follows their “friendship.”
The Drummer & the Keeper screens several times over the week of ReelAbilities:
Wednesday, Apr 3 | 5:00 pm | Lehman College: Music Building
Saturday, Apr 6 | 3:00 pm | NYPL: Mid-Manhattan Library
Sunday, Apr 7 | 3:00 pm | Cinema Arts Centre
Monday, Apr 8 | 5:00 pm | St. John’s University
Tuesday, Apr 9 | 7:00pm | IAC Building
About ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York
Founded in 2007 by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The weeklong festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performances, presented annually in dozens of venues across the New York metropolitan area. In 2010, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York expanded into a national program, presenting its one of a kind programming in cities throughout the United States. Learn more…