37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Straighten Up and Fly Right

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Kristen (Kristen Abate) is a 20-something New Yorker, dreams of being a writer while making ends meet walking dogs. Her life is anything but easy as she lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis, which causes her spine to fuse and leaves her permanently hunched over. When she is evicted from her apartment, her professional and personal dreams seem farther away than ever until she meets Steven, a new client also living with AS. The two learn, together, that they are far more than their disabilities, as Steven (Steven Tannenbaum) helps her learn to live life to the fullest, even in the toughest of circumstances. The film, directed by Abate and Tannenbaum, is a true-to-life story of resilience, hope, and growth and has been delighting audiences on the festival circuit this year.

This film will be presented with Open Captions and the on stage presentations will include ASL interpretation.


Sunday, November 6


7:15 PM


Violet Crown 4

Film Info

Director: Kristen Abate, Steven Tanenbaum

Runtime: 88 min

Genre: Drama

Year: 2022

Country: USA

Language: English

Accessibility: Open Captions

Featuring: Kristen Abate, Sasha Boykin, AJ Cedeno, Lawrence Jansen, Marianna McClellan, Kerryn Feehan, Steven Tanenbaum, Mehret Marsh, Modesto Flako Jimenez

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