BSAF 2018: ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival, Day Four

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! As we told you a couple weeks back, spring is the busiest season for film festivals in Metro Boston. But this year is especially crazy, because FIVE of the festivals are running all or part of their programming on the SAME WEEKEND! So you have a ton of choices to make. And now all of them are open and running with three more starting today.

So…lets get started kiddies! Boston Springs A Fethival 2018 is officially underway, and we’ll have info for all the various festivals and their schedules every day, so be sure to keep your browser turned to for all the latest info!

ReelAbilities Boston showcases those with disabilities and the way people overcome them. It’s a unique film festival concept that has been happening in New York since 2007, and beginning with Cincinnati in 2012, has now spread to a national network of local festivals.

After taking Saturday off, the festival will be back with their rescheduled Opening Night film, and a co-presentation with the Irish Film Festival.


This year’s rescheduled opening night film¬† is Sanctuary – here’s the offiical synopsis from the ReelAbilties Boston website:

Larry and Sophie are in love. Larry has Down syndrome and Sophie has severe epilepsy. With the help of their care worker, Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the movies. While Tom is distracted with Larry and Sophie, the group gets restless and sets out on their own adventures: shopping at the mall and pints at a pub. Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

Discussion and Reception to follow with director Len Collin and actor Kieran Coppinger, who are expected to be in attendance. The film is co-presented with Museum of Science, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, and Consulate General of Ireland.

Opening night screening takes place at Boston’s Museum Of Science at the Cahners Theater at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but you must register, which you can do here.

ReelAbilities second film for the day is a co-presentation with the final day of the Irish Film Festival:

It’s Not Yet Dark – 3 PM, Somerville Theatre

It’s Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.¬† Co-presented with ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival and the ALS TDI Institute.

To purchase tickets for this screening, go here!

For full information on this years’ films and festivities, visit the ReelAbilities Boston website at!

ReelAbilities Boston will be back tomorrow with more great films and discussions. Check back for all the latest info Monday morning! And don’t forget – in May, eCB will debut it’s 2018 Boston Springs A Fethival SuperGuide, with info on all the festivals and the films therein – don’t forget to check back with eCB to pick up your download in early May! And eCB’s sister podcast Subject:CINEMA will be devoting segments to the entire BSAF season all throughout May – be sure to check it out at!