Ashland University Students Attend Film Festival

Ashland University Students Attend Film Festival

10/7/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University students and faculty from the Dwight Schar College of Education attended the 2nd annual “ReelAbilities” Columbus Disabilities Film Festival held in Columbus on Oct. 4.

Twelve Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization the Council for Exceptional Children attended the event. These students were Crystal Wise, Lacey Turnbull, Molly Leibengood, Marisa Carafelli, Michelle Babiak, Kateland Kacie, Jill Holland, Mollie Jeck, Alyssa Szpalik, Alex Lillich, Caitlyn Miskimen, and Melissa Strausbaugh.

The students were accompanied by Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor of education.

The Film Festival ReelAbilities “is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.”

The students attended the screening of Nobody’s Perfect by Niko von Glasgow, a workshop led by CCAD’s Cinematic Arts & Animation where they learned about various forms of film and video, and how to create sequential stories. They also watched the screening of the film Mary & Max by Adam Elliot, which depicts a character with Asperger’s disorder and uses humor to approach dark situations such as childhood trauma, alcoholism, anxiety, depression and more.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###