Reel Eyes Annual Showcase of Films

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Reel Eyes is a showcase of films by and about people with disabilities that occurs in the spring. 2010 was the seventh year this event will take place. The lineup typically includes films from popular culture as well as documentaries from the DSS Lending Library.

See flyers for event details at participating locations:

Snowboarder in Wipe OutWipe Out

Homer on March 9 - Anchorage on March 20 - Valdez on March 24 - Juneau on April 1 - Soldotna on April 6 - Fairbanks on April 8 - Nome on April 13 - Kotzebue on April 15
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for men under the age of 35. Narrated by Olympic gold snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, Wipe Out tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing extreme sports. 50 minutes

Mark Zupan in MurderballMurderball

Homer on March 10
Better known as Wheelchair Rugby, Murderball is a game created by quadriplegic athletes that is every bit as aggressive as the name would lead one to expect; played with bone-breaking intensity, a typical game of Wheelchair Rugby involves plenty of trash-talking, a few head-on collisions, and the occasional player being thrown from his modified wheelchair. Murderball offers an up-close look at the 2004 Wheelchair Rugby tournament, as well as the personal stories of the athletes who are passionate, driven, and determined to win -- as one of them says, "I'm not here for a hug, I'm here for a medal." 88 minutes


Allison Peebles in MultipleMultiple

  • Homer on March 11- Anchorage on March 19 - Soldotna on April 6
  • For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. MS is an unpredictable but progressive disease of the brain and nervous system which is affecting her speech, mobility, and eyesight. Alison finds that she can no longer hide her symptoms, and she’s afraid that the revelation may destroy her career — will directors accept an actor with a limp, will the producer’s insurance company continue to cover her? She also finds herself coping with the gradual erosion of some of the things that have made up her identity: she'll have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes. 29 Minutes

Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia

Anchorage on March 19 - Soldotna on April 7
Andrew Beckett is a young up-and-coming lawyer who has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. His former colleagues claim he's just not good enough; Andrew says he's been fired because he has AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation; Andrew hires fierce personal-injury attorney Joe Miller to represent him as he sues his former firm for wrongful termination. 125 minutes

Photo of medicationsMeds

Anchorage on March 20 - Juneau on April 1 - Soldotna on April 8
Individuals who have been diagnosed with mental illness talk frankly about the challenges and benefits that come with prescribed medications. 29 Minutes 


The Lucky OnesThe Lucky Ones

Anchorage on March 20 - Matanuska Susitna Valley on April 6 - Soldotna on April 8 - Fairbanks on April 7
Three soldiers return from Iraq after suffering injuries and end up on a road trip as they try to deal with the challenges of coming home

I am SamI am Sam

Valdez on March 25
A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family. 

The Other SisterThe Other Sister

Matanuska-Susitna Valley on April 5
After years of special education at a private boarding school, Carla (Juliette Lewis), a mildly retarded woman, manages to find love and independence despite her overprotective mother's (Diane Keaton) misguided plans to keep her sheltered and close to home. Carla and her boyfriend set out together to find answers to some of life's toughest challenges, and to prove that sometimes, an ordinary life, can be an extraordinary achievment.


Lars and the Real GirlLars and The Real Girl

Fairbanks on April 6
Lars is a painfully introverted and lonely guy who lives with his brother and sister-in-law after the death of his father leaves him alone. The family is excited to hear that Lars has a female friend coming to visit, but are crestfallen and fear for his sanity when they realize that he bought a female sex doll that he fully believes is real.


Reel Eyes Credit Offering

Credit is being offered at both the 100 level and the 400 level this year. A flyer is available.

  • Guidance A104 – CRN 39452 Student Association Leadership
  • Social Work A490 – CRN 39487 Selected Topics in Social Work

Course Descriptions:

These two courses will help participants develop and utilize skills to analyze disability representation in film and other media and increase understanding of disability culture. The two courses will be held together and will include publicly shown films during the Reel Eyes showcase of films by and about people with disabilities.

Topics include:

  • Disability, Identity, and Society
  • Differences between Medical Model and Social Model of disability
  • Examples of disability in film and popular culture

Class time will be used for discussion and movie viewing. Blackboard will be used for online participation after the initial class sessions. Students will complete additional assignments outside of class time.