The purpose of the festival is to open campus dialogue to disability-related topics. Faculty members are encouraged to inform their classes of the event. Office staff members will introduce the movies and will also stick around for a question-and-answer period afterward.
In addition, literature regarding the topics or themes of the movies will be made available during each movie's intermission.
The films will be screened from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 in the Millard Oakley STEM Center's auditorium. Popcorn and drinks will be provided during a 15-minute intermission.
Here are the movies to be screened along with synopses:
Tuesday, Oct. 5: "Adam" (2009), winner at the Sundance Film Festival. A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love. Adam is a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor. Due to his condition, Adam isn't the best when it comes to communicating. Though he frequently escapes by submersing himself in the world of space exploration, Adam senses an opportunity for a real human connection after Beth moves into the apartment just upstairs. As Adam attempts to gain control of his off-kilter, sometimes embarrassing social skills, he discovers that with a little patience and understanding, developing a meaningful relationship might not be as hard as he previously thought. (Synopsis from FOX Searchlight)
Tuesday, Oct. 12: "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), Best Actor Golden Globe, Associated Press Top 10 Movie of the Year, tied for Best Original Screen Play. Lars Lindstrom is a loveable introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. After years of what is almost solitude, he invites Bianca, a friend he met on the Internet to visit him. He introduces Bianca to his brother Gus and his wife Karen and they are stunned. They don't know what to say to Lars or Bianca – because she is a life-size doll in a wheel chair, not a real person – and he is treating her as though she is alive. They consult the family doctor Dagmar who explains this is a delusion he's created – for what reason she doesn't yet know but they should all go along with it. What follows is an emotional journey for Lars and the people around him. (Synopsis from MGM/Sydney Kimmel Entertainment)
Tuesday, Oct. 26: "Murder Ball" (2005) Audience Award, 2005 Sundance Film Festival, nominated for Best Documentary, 78th Academy Awards. This amazing documentary follows the lives of rough-and-tumble rugby players who also happen to be quadriplegics. We follow the hard-hitting action on the court where players smash each other with reinforced wheelchairs and off the court where these amazing men will make you think differently about the word "disabled." (Synopsis from SWANK Motion Pictures)