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J.B. Abajian, Joe Coffey, Scott Rosendall
Keenan O'Reilly
Joshua Morrison
5 Mins.

 "Visibility" Screening as part of Inaugural Indy Shorts Festival 
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One of four winners of the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge screening as part of the inaugural Indy Shorts International Film Festival in Indianapolis, Visibility is also quite likely the funniest. 

The film tells the story of Henry (J.B. Abajian), who prefers to go by "Hawk," and Brian (Scott Rosendall), otherwise known as "The Brains." This dynamic disabled duo hatches an absurd plan to supplement their rather paltry incomes in this breezy, entertaining short film that picked up the prize for Best Actor, for Abajian, as part of Easterseals' Disability Film Challenge. Operating in much the same way as a time-limited filmmaking challenge, participating films in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge go from concept to finished film over the course of a weekend. 

Both Abajian and Rosendall are a joy here, though Abajian does, indeed, have a chance to flex a bit more of his acting muscles in this nearly five-minute film where you pretty much know what's going to happen but have an awful lot of fun anyway. 

Visibility is screening at Indy Shorts as part of the First Impressions program at the following times:

  • Friday, July 27th at 2pm at The Toby at Newfields
  • Sunday, July 29th at 12pm at The Toby at Newfields

Directed by Keenan O'Reilly from a script by Joshua Morrison, Visibility has a terrific time and it's an awful lot of fun seeing characters with disabilities living out a story where that disability is only part of the picture. Check it out if you get a chance. For more information on Indy Shorts, visit the Indy Shorts website. 

© Written by Richard Propes
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