The 18th annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival Oct 15-16, 2021. Lost Reel Short Film Showcase Aug. 16-Sept. 15, 2021.

Get your Passes for Cinema Touching Disability!

Thanks for your patience as we got comfortable in our new festival platform, Eventive. We're excited to announce that passes are now available! One pass gives you access to ALL Cinema Touching Disability virtual screenings and events, on both Friday and Saturday night. Did we mention passes are free?

Plus, we're excited to announce that Ady Barkan, star of NOT GOING QUIETLY, will give closing comments to his film by video after it screens October 16!

We can't wait to see you (even if it's only virtually!) for NOT GOING QUIETLY, THE REASON I JUMP, winners of this year's short film competition, panels with local artists and activists, and more!

2021 Feature Films


Film Poster for the reason i jump: film title and credits over an image of a young boy looking over his shoulder, hair swept back by the wind. Pastel colors suggesting a sunrise make up the background.

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Following THE REASON I JUMP, join us for Panel Discussion: Creative Talents of People with Autism. Members of the ground-breaking Austin-based TILT Performance Group, all people with disabilities, will talk about their own creative processes and reasons for making inclusive theater.

THE REASON I JUMP (2020) is an unrated documentary and has a run time of 82 minutes. This film + panel will be shown at Cinema Touching Disability Friday, October 15, 2020.



Film poster for Not Going Quietly: two images of Ady: above, nuzzling son's face in close up, below, holding a cane as he walks with determination holding a rally sign, escorted by a police officer, with the Washington Monument in the background. Film title appears prominently in orange between the two images, with critical quotes, laurels, and film credits in smaller text.

A rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS.

But after a confrontation with powerful Senator Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Ady and a motley crew of activists ignite a once-in-a-generation political movement called “Be a Hero.”

In addition to Ady's closing comments, we hope you'll stick around for Panel discussion: My Path to Self-Advocacy. CTD's Dennis Borel interviews Renee Lopez and Danny Saenz, long time advocates with ADAPT of Texas, among other organizations, about their introduction to self-advocacy and the decades of activism that followed.

NOT GOING QUIETLY (2021) is an unrated documentary and has a run time of 96 minutes. This film + panel will be shown at Cinema Touching Disability Saturday, October 16, 2020.


Thank you to our 2021 CTDFF Sponsors!

Superior Healthplan
CDS in Texas
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Molina Healthcare

Upstream Technology

Michael Portman

American Construction Investigations

Billy Millwee & Associates

Lynda Frost & Dennis Borel

Tom Suehs


Hart Intercivic
Touch of CLASS
HillCo Partners
Rock House
Astellas, leading light for life
Texas Film Commission, est. 1971
PhRMA. Research Progress Hope
Texas Medical Association, Physicians Caring for Texans
Secure Democracy


The Dentaquest Partnership

Easterseals of Texas


Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation

Arnold Public Affairs * Flora Brewer * Joel B. Eisen & Karen E. Barnes Charitable Fund

JWH Communications * Gregg Knaupe * Texas Technology Access Project

Texas Association for Interior Design * Bristol Myers Squibb

Shield Healthcare * Travis Medical * George Ledbetter


Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition
1716 San Antonio St.,  | Austin, Texas  78701
512-478-3366 |

Cinema Touching Disability is a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Federal Tax ID #74-2071160.

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