Movie Based on Life of Richard Pimentel, Advocate for People with Disabilities
American Airlines today announced it will sponsor a pre-release tour of "Music Within," an award-winning movie based on the true story of Richard Pimentel, a disabled Vietnam veteran who was one of the first advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. He has been described as a driving force behind the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Working with American, The Veterans Corporation, and the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance, the filmmakers will hold private screenings for disabled veterans and other groups that support persons with disabilities, as well as for veterans and active duty military personnel. The screenings will be held between April and August in the following cities: Dallas, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego.
"Music Within" was the number one narrative feature film by audience vote at the American Film Institute's Dallas International Film Festival in March. The movie will be released for the general public in September.
"We are honored to be able to sponsor the pre-release tour for 'Music Within,'" said Roger Frizzell, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Advertising for American Airlines. "We see this as an important film because it will help Americans to understand life from the perspective of people who live with disabilities."
"I want to express our appreciation to American Airlines, which has a history of supporting American's veterans and the disabled, for enabling us to share 'Music Within' with the men and women of the armed services, veterans and disabled individuals throughout the country," said Steven Sawalich, the movie's director.
With 10 percent of its workforce veterans, American Airlines has a longstanding commitment to veterans' causes. American also was recently voted airline of choice for travelers with disabilities. Every year more than a million American Airlines and American Eagle customers are travelers with disabilities. American, a founding member of the global oneworld alliance, consults with disabilities groups for advice on customer service and accessibility issues and maintains a team of specialists whose mission is to make flying as safe, convenient and as dignified as possible for its customers with disabilities.
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