BSAF 2019: ReelAbilities Film Festival, Day Five

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.

After taking Saturday off, the festival returns today with two selections. The first is the sports film Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable; here’s the official synopsis from the ReelAbilities Boston website:

Unstoppable is Bethany’s untold story that follows her from childhood to marriage to motherhood. The film shows the ups, downs, and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time with only one arm. In 2016 alone Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. Bethany is continuously rewriting the rules on what it means to be a fearless athlete.

The film is co-presented with Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts, AmpSurf, Adaptive Sports New England, and Partners for Youth with Disabilities. This screening takes place at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline at 12 PM. Admission is free, but you must register, which you can do here.

The second screening is also at Coolidge Corner and is the heartwarming service dog documentary Pick Of The Litter:

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the first moment they are born and immediately begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind—the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey with their trainers (and multiple caregivers) as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm by performing life-changing acts.

There will be a discussion with  Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky, and Rescue (the dog!), Curry College student Bella Scott with her guide dog O’Hara. The film is co-presented with NEADS World Class Service Dogs and Independent Film Festival Boston. As noted above, this screening also takes place at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline at 2:15 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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