7th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series Hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc.
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. will host the 7th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the University at Buffalo North Campus, Center for the Arts. The event will be held in the Drama Room at 103 Center for the Arts in Buffalo. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts main hall and the film screening begins at 7 p.m. Prior to the movie, there will be a live musical performance by Niagara Falls, NY native Sujeet Desai, a professional musician and self-advocate.
The purpose of the event is to educate attendees, challenge stereotypes and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities. This year's film, entitled "Where's Molly," has been nationally recognized in the following: CBS News Sunday Morning, CNN Health, NPR, People Magazine, Reader's Digest and TV Week. The documentary follows the journey of Jeff Daly as he searches for his sister Molly. When Molly was not yet three years old, she was taken from their home and sent to live in an institution. Jeff was left to wonder the sudden loss of his only sister. Nearly 50 years later, Jeff learns the truth about the family secret that kept him from his sister in a reunion that will warm your heart. The film's running time is 72 minutes and rated PG.
Following the film, Jeff and Cindy Daly will share their experience of making the movie and answer questions from the audience. Jeff and Cindy Daly are nationally recognized advocates and the creators of the award winning documentary, "Where's Molly." Jeff Daly, president of SFO Productions in San Francisco, CA, photographed and directed the documentary. He is the recipient of a Peabody award and Emmy award for his contributions with ESPN Sports Century. Cindy Daly, most recently the national vice president for external affairs for AT&T, joined her husband in creating the documentary. She is active in legislation, creating the Find Family Registry and promoting "Molly's Bill" across the country.
Sponsors of the 7th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series include: The Buffalo News, Development Disabilities Planning Council and New York State Occupational Therapy Association.
Tickets cost $2.00 each and students are free with identification. For more information, visit www.disabilityfilmfest.org or call 716.629.3626.
The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs, and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society's reactions. Located in Buffalo and at www.museumofdisability.org, the Museum of disABILITY History offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness.
People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 10,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.