'Raising Matty Christian' to screen at three film festivals this month

'Raising Matty Christian' to screen at three film festivals this month

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Filmmaker Christian de Rezendes of Breaking Branches Pictures, a company based in Slatersville, has announced that "Raising Matty Christian," the new feature length documentary on the life of Matthew G. Christian, has been officially selected for screening at three film festivals in the U.S. this April.

A native of Canton, Mass., Christian was born without a full set of limbs and a tongue. The film chronicles his struggles, and how his parents, Allie and Jerry Christian, raised him to face his challenges head on and his inspiring achievements that followed as a result.

The first stop for "Raising Matty Christian" will be at the 23rd annual Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, which will run from April 11 to 27. AIFF Director Giulio Scalinger is currently working on the schedule, and it will soon be posted at www.filmfestivalarizona.com.

The second screening will take place at the Disabilities Film Festival, which is a special program of the Museum of disABILITY History in Amherst, NY. The film will screen at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25. For more information on the Disabilities Film Festival, visit www.disabilityfilmfest.org.

Finally, "Raising Matty Christian" will have its New England Premiere at the SENE Film, Music and Arts Festival in Providence on Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. at the Columbus Theater on Broadway. The director and producers will be in attendance for a special Q&A to follow. Tickets are available at www.senefest.com.

"We think Matty's fierce independence can be an inspiration to many people," said disABILITIES Film Festival Director David Mack-Hardiman. "From a diversity aspect, the film could have a significant effect on acceptance of others who are different."

"I think the movie would be very beneficial for parents of children who have disabilities. Some cater to their children too much and some enable them," he added. "Matty's parents seemed to just expect him to do for himself, which was a very successful approach."

For updates on the film, visit www.raisingmattychristian.com.