Parties & Events

Parking and Entry:

All events at Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Garages on 6th Street between Elm St. & Central Ave. Please enter via the second floor Skywalk on
6th Street for easiest access to all ReelAbilities events.

Accessibility Questions? Please call Jesse Byerly at 513-487-3940

City Skyline

Welcome to Cincinnati: Meet the Stars Q&A Event

10 a.m – 10:45 a.m. at Duke Energy Center Lobby

Help us kick off our Film Festival at our Welcome to Cincinnati: Meet the Stars Q&A Event with many of our big name celebrities including RJ Mitte. From 10 am to 10:45 am on Thursday, March 9, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, celebrities will be on a stage in the lobby area of the Duke Energy Center answering questions. Other VIPs who will be participating include: Jamie Brewer, Lauren Potter, Kurt Yaeger, John Lawson, Nic Novicki, Michael Schlitz, Bryan Anderson, Stephen and Elizabeth Wampler, and Boone Cutler.

RJ Mitte

Luncheon Keynote
Breaking Bad, Switched at Birth

Premier Luncheon, 12-1:30pm

sponsored by Candle-lite Company

$125 per ticket. $1000 table of eight.
Known for his roles on hit TV shows and films, RJ Mitte, who has cerebral palsy is breaking barriers in Hollywood
for people with disabilities.

: Lesley Bailey, Terri Hogan, Melissa Millinovich, Kathy Binns

Rich Clifford, smiling man in a spaceship with a soccer ball floating in front of him.

Premier Night, Reception 6:30-7:30pm; Film 7:45-8:30pm.

sponsored by UC Health, benefitting UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

$50 for reception and film. $100 Parkinson’s Patron level. ($50 donation) Cocktail attire.

Premier Night Film: The Astronaut’s Secret.

The Astronaut’s Secret. tells the moving story of Rich Clifford, a former U.S. Army officer and a NASA astronaut who has logged over 665 hours in space. He became a Parkinson’s advocate after his diagnosis in 1994.

: Peggy & Gary Johns, Katie & Bobby Lawrence, Kitty & Richard Rosenthal

Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein

Breakfast Keynote
Justice, Michigan Supreme Court

Interfaith Breakfast. Friday, March 10. 8 – 9:30 a.m.

sponsored by Interfaith Cincy; MARCC (Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati); AJC (American Jewish Committee); The AMOS Project; The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati; The Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati; Archdiocese of Cincinnati; The Office of Family Life; The Reverend Noel Julnes Dehner; WINCS (Women’s Interfaith Network of Cincinnati Suburbs)

Reception Ticket: $15 ; Table of Eight: $120.

Join Cincinnati’s exciting, growing, and inspired interfaith community as we experience Richard Bernstein, Michigan Supreme Court Justice and triathlete who is blind, and kick off our year-round support of inclusion programs in local faith communities through the art of film.

Michael Schlitz, Veterans Reception Keynote

Michael Schlitz

Reception Keynote
Retired U.S. Army Platoon Sergeant and Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador

Veterans Reception and Film. Friday, March 10 at 5pm

Reception 5 – 6:30 p.m. ; Film 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

sponsored by GE, benefitting National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Reception Ticket: $30 ; Table of Eight: $200.

Film: Recovering

A gripping action film about young war-weary troops peddling bikes hundreds of miles to heal their wounds.

Bryan Anderson

Bryan Anderson

Brunch Keynote
Retired U.S. Army Sergeant and Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador

Veterans Brunch and Film. Saturday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Brunch 9:30  – 11 a.m. ; Film 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, benefitting Tri-state Veterans Community Alliance.

Reception Ticket: $30 ; Table of Eight: $200.

Film: Stray Dog

Award Winner at Sundance Film Festival. A feel-good portrait of a Vietnam Vet that is nuanced and surprising.

Cocktails and Zombies

Cocktails & Zombies. Saturday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Party at 5:30 p.m. , Film at 7:30 p.m. Emceed by Drew Lachey and Jenn Jordan, Q102. Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, Stars will be present. Also, Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story; and Lauren Potter of Guest Room.

Presented by Haile Foundation; benefitting Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

Party and Film – $50.00; Film and Cash Bar – $20.00

Film: Spring Break Zombie Massacre

Called “the most epic teen movie of all time” this breakout film was conceived, written, produced and stars Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt who are best friends. On a mission to save spring break, two badass bionic bros must fight and (more importantly) party their way through the zombie apocalypse to, hopefully, defeat Satan who has their mothers.

Local Night

Closing Night Reception, Awards Ceremony & Local Films. Sunday, March 12 at 6 p.m.

Reception at 6 p.m. , Films at 7 p.m.

Presented by The Cincinnati Enquirer and City of Cincinnati; benefitting LADD Inc.

Tickets: $11

Join us as we focus our lens on local stories by local filmmakers.  We’re partnering with the Enquirer and the City of Cincinnati to bring you several documentary shorts.  The Closing Night Reception and Awards Ceremony starts at 6.  We’ll ply you with desserts from Cincinnati area resturants and a cash bar.  Then, we’ll fill the theaters for our local stories.  It promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Festival Chairs

Jenny smiles outside on a sunny day with grass and a sidewalk behind her

Jenny McCloy

Dave wears a sporty jacket and baseball cap, with the sun shining behind him

Dave Parker

Kim smiles in the sun. She is wearing a leather coat.

Kim Vincent


Jamie Brewer

Lauren Potter

Ali Stroker

Kurt Yaeger

Nic Novicki

Sam Suchmann & Mattie Zufelt

Teddy Kremer

Drew Lachey

Nick Clooney

Mayor Cranley