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Reelabilities Film Festival to showcase Teddy Kremer
CLEVES, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- A very special event is being held Monday night at the Three Rivers School in Cleves.
It's a special showing of the ESPN film that features Cincinnati's own Teddy Kremer and it looks like a standing room only event! The entire tri-state has been having a love affair with Teddy Kremer and it's no wonder. He's just a wonderful guy. He's the Reds bat boy, been on national TV, attended the Presidents State of the Union Address, he's Cincinnati's ambassador and Monday night he's the focus of a program that clearly examines his very Reel-abilities!
Teddy and his parents have never let his Downs Syndrome be a limiting factor in his life. Quite the opposite, this guy has no limits and that's what everybody loves about him. Last year ESPN made a film about him called, "Teddy Ball Park." That film's also a perfect fit for the Reelabilities Film Festival which has recently chosen Cincinnati as it's national headquarters.
Founded in 2007, the film festival celebrates people who experience disability. People like Jacob Counts, an international gold medal winning wheelchair basketball athlete.
Counts told Local 12's Rich Jaffe, "I think whenever you can show people who are experiencing disability in a light that shows that person foremost as opposed to showing their disability or limitations, shows things they can do. Let's you get to know that person."
Next year when the film festival returns to our area, the new auditorium at Three Rivers will be one of the venues for screening the films. So it only made sense to show Teddy's film there. Teddy says he's really excited about the evening.
Jacob Counts says, "Honestly he's such a charismatic guy, such a positive guy and such a die-hard Reds and Bengals fan. Such a sports guy, to me it's just kind of natural he ends up emerging as being somebody we kind of look to, inspires us that we look to as far as our 'fan-dom'. It's fantastic for the city and as for Teddy, it's almost like his destiny."
The show gets underway at six o'clock and afterwards there's a panel discussion including Teddy and the ESPN producer who made the film. Jacob Counts will be the moderator.
All in all a great evening focusing on people with abilities, not disabilities.
The Reelabilities Film Festival will be held in Cincinnati next year from February 27th through March 7th. It's also being held in 14 other cities across the country.
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