BSAF 2019: ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival, Day Seven

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! Boston Springs A Fethival 2019 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.

There are two screenings today. The first  is the film Defiant Lives. Here’s the official synopsis from the ReelAbilities Boston website:

Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with reflective interviews and the personal stories of men and women with disabilities, Defiant Lives details the rise of the disability rights movement in Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.

A panel discussion following the screening will be moderated by Charles G. Baldwin, Program Officer; Universal Participation Initiative Mass Cultural Council. The film is co-presented with Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Disability Law Center, Inc., Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge Commission on People with Disabilities, Disability Policy Consortium, and My Ombudsman Masshealth Health Plans. The screening takes place at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway in Cambridge, at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but you must register, which you can do here.

The second screening is the film American Veteran. Here’s the official synopsis from the ReelAbilities Boston website:

America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of American veterans: service members so severely wounded they would have died in previous wars, but who survive because of advanced medical technology. Sgt. Nick Mendes was paralyzed from the neck down by an IED and suffers from PTSD. American Veteran follows his recovery and sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life.

There will be a panel discussion following the screening with film subject Colonel Kenneth Mintz. The film is co-presented with General Electric, General Electric People with Disabilities Network, General Electric Veterans Network Lynn Council, and Home Base Veteran and Family Care.. The screening takes place at Showcase Cinemas De Lux Revere, 565 Squire Road @ Rt 1 & Rt 60 interchange, at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but you must register, which you can do here.

ReelAbilities Boston is an excellent way to celebrate life in all its glory – films presented by this festival are usually uplifting and truly magical, so know if you’re headed for a film here, you’re going to come out thinking a LOT about what you’ve seen, and also probably with a smile on your face…

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

More great films from ReelAbilities Boston will debut throughout the next few days. Check back for all the latest info each morning! And don’t forget – We’ll also be covering ReelAbilities and the other NINE festivals and film series that happen in greater Boston between March 1 and May 1 every year coming up in late May on our two part “Boston Springs A Fethival” episodes of eCinemaOne‘s Subject:CINEMA podcast!

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