BSAF 2019: ReelAbilities Film Festival, Day Two

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.

Day Two’s first selection is the documentary Mind/Game: THe Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw – here’s the official synopsis from the ReelAbilities Boston website:

Billed as the “female Michael Jordan”, basketball phenom Holdsclaw led Tennessee to three successive championships and became a WNBA number-one pick, Rookie of the Year and All-Star. But her hidden struggle with mental illness led to personal setbacks and a second career as a vocal mental health advocate.

A pre-screening reception is being held at 6:00 PM; A panel discussion with Chamique Holdsclaw. will follow the screening. The film is co-presented with Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity, Bring Change to Mind, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Roxbury International Film Festival

This screening takes place at Mass General Hospital’s O’Keefe Auditorium at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but you must register, which you can do here.

Day Two’s second selection is the documentary Bottom Dollars – here’s the official synopsis from the ReelAbilities Boston website:

The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act created the revolutionary workers’ rights protection: the minimum wage. Yet as the film uncovers, Section 14(c) still provides a terrible and abusive exemption that allows employers to pay “special minimum wages”—wages less than the Federal minimum wage—“to workers who have disabilities.”

A panel discussion  will follow the screening. The film is co-presented with Jewish Vocational Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project, JCC Greater Boston, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, New England Yachad, and Gateways for Jewish Education

This screening takes place at JCC Greater Boston Riemer-Goldstein Theater in Newton at 7:00 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 week. 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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