Portland, ME – Northeast Hearing & Speech (NHS) will present a special screening of The Reel Snow White followed by a panel discussion and reception on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art. The panel discussion will include filmmaker Carlos Cuellar, script writer John Lepiarz, 6 performers and staff.
Jackie Reifer, a Northeast speech-language pathologist, runs a weekly communication group at Community Partners, Inc., to improve nonverbal and verbal social language understanding. In addition to the group’s other activities during 2015, eight adults with developmental differences and four staff members began working on an experimental film. The 40-year old script, The Reel Snow White, was written by John Lepiarz, a circus artist with Children’s Educational Theater, Super Scientific Circus, and featured performed on ABC and HBO circus specials. Project Director, Reifer, and filmmaker Carlos Cuellar gave the group an artistic performance opportunity not otherwise possible. By adapting the work of script writer Lepiarz, the actors made use of clowning, with its rhythm, repetition, and rhyme.
Individuals with disabilities have often been excluded from the artistic experience and from being in film. The film featured these adults with developmental disabilities as actors and celebrated them, not as people with disabilities, but as creative individuals with much to contribute to the creative economy. The Reel Snow White, has no prince to save the day, but shares the premise that you can be whatever you want to be.
The event is FREE to the public but RSVP is required by calling Northeast at 207/874-1065 or emailing JReifer@nehearingandspeech.org
This project was made possible by the Maine Arts Commission, Warren Memorial Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The George Ramlose Foundation.
Jackie Reifer, MEd., CCC-SLP, is a professional comedienne, actress and mime who toured with Tony Montanaro. She is also a speech-language pathologist, who incorporates theater and mime to help adults with developmental differences communicate more effectively.