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Dating pool or cesspool?

They both Stink! 

After being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Ariel, a twenty-something wheelchair user

experiences the comedic cringe of app dating for the first time.

Writer/ Director Statement: 

After my divorce, I began app dating for the first time. I was confounded by how curated, disingenuous, and awkward it was. Every woman I connected with had horror stories about men they’d met through apps. With my years of advocacy experience, I imagined how much more difficult it must be for a woman with disabilities to date this way. Then, a friend introduced me to the concept of disability devotees, and BOOM!!! I was inspired!


I wrote Smash or Pass to laugh at the YUCK of modern dating. Of course, as a hopeless romantic, I ended on a high note. So many narrative films showcasing disability are dramatic or depressing. There is so much more to life! The PWD (people with disabilities) I know are fun, smart, creative, and sexy; they party, fall in love, break up, and hate Mondays just like everyone else. Smash or Pass, universally focuses on dating while showing we all can all be inclusive and learn from our mistakes.

Awards, Nominations, and Official Selections

WIN - 2023 Easterseals Disability Challenge – Best Editor

WIN - 2023 Cinema Touching Disability - 3rd Place, Non-Doc Short

Nom - 2023 Easterseals Disability Challenge – Best Film, Cory Reeder, Val Harvy (producers)

Nom - 2023 Easterseals Disability Challenge – Best Director, Cory Reeder

Nom - 2023 Easterseals Disability Challenge – Best Actor, Joci Scott

Finalist - 2023 Focus on Ability Film Fest

Finalist - 2023 Screen It Int. Film Fest


Official Selection at:

Slamdance 2024 – Heartland Film Festival – Tacoma Film Festival – Focus on Ability – Indy Shorts Film Festival – Directors Circle Short Fest – Cinema Touching Disability – Feedback Film Festival – Canada Shorts Film Fest – Cambria Film Fest – Easterseals Disability Film Challenge


Cory Reeder

Writer / Director /  EP

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Diana E. Jordan

Ginny (supporting)

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Nathan Cox



Val Harvey

Co-Producer / HMU

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Andrew Simmons

Devon (supporting)

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Joey Paul

Production Sound Mixer


Joci Scott

Ariel (lead)

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Atif Hashwi

Todd (supporting)


Drew T. Hill

Gabe (co-star)


Andy Chinn


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