October 7, 2007

A new film "Music Within," which details the story of Richard Pimentel–a primary activist behind the Americans with Disabilities Act–will debut October 26 in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the legislation.

According to a statement by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), select locations to exhibit the new release will use one of three systems designed to aid the hearing and visually impaired: rear-window projection, an audio description system, and on-screen subtitles.

 The film’s release coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness month and will permier in select cities that include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Boston and Boise, Id.

 "Music Within" stars Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Michael Sheen, Yul Vazquez, Rebecca DeMornay, and Hector Elizondo, and is reported to chronicle the true story of Richard Pimentel (Livingston), who unexpectedly loses his hearing during the Vietnam War. Pimentel discovers that his disability and the struggle to transcend it marks a defining moment in his fight for something in which he believes deeply.

 According to an outline of the film, when Pimentel tries to help other individuals with disabilities find employment in a work environment that treats them with pity or disdain, he realizes he can make a difference. Throughout the film audiences meet Pimentel’s close-knit group of friends including Art Honneyman, played by Michael Sheen. Honeneyman is a student wheelchair user who has cerebral palsy and uses his rapier wit to deflect the prejudice that he deals with regularly. Mike Stoltz, another of Pimentel’s friends, played by actor Yul Vazquez, is a fellow veteran who is ridden with rage and has no outlet. Christine, played by Melissa George, is the passionate libertine who feeds Pimentel’s ego.

 An official website for the film is located at www.musicwithinmovie.com

 Source: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios