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Jamestown Arts Center will host the first East Coast showing of ‘Sense The Wind’ with cast and crew from the film on Saturday, September 12th

Sense the Wind is a journey into the sport of blind sailing and into the lives of four of its competitors. On board cameras and audio capture the high stakes tension. Camera angles at the Start, Marks and Finish Line of each race bring the viewer up close to the action. Competition is fierce in fleet racing. We are in the race with Inky, Matt, Nancy and Phil.

Our four principle characters have diverse backgrounds with varying skill levels and experience. When Nancy’s sight eroded mid-life, she found freedom and independence in racing. Phil’s vision was damaged during emergency brain surgery in his last semester of college. Sailing lifted him from depression and restored confidence. At fifteen, sudden blindness brought Inky from the Congo to the US, but surgery failed. Matt was blind shortly after his premature birth but speeds ahead with no image of the horizon or limitations. Matt and Inky, the more experienced competitors, steer their boats, as Phil and Nancy handle the lines and trim the sails for their teams. All train and sail hard, finding common ground with humor and camaraderie on shore. The challenge of racing helps Nancy, Matt, Inky and Phil reach for new heights at work and at home.

Between race seasons, Nancy’s life takes another unexpected turn. She gains something more valuable than a trophy but must adapt, once again, to learn to sail and live with a new sensibility. The film follows the evolution of these individuals over several years as they advance as sailors, through life’s turns — medical challenges, marriage, retirement and the vicissitudes of their sport. Competitive blind sailing is a new and evolving sport. Over time they help to shape the future of blind sailing.

Sense the Wind brings to life stories from under-served communities of people with disabilities. A variety of advisory partners anxious to screen the film include: disability organizations, educational institutions, adaptive competitive sports teams and the sailing community. This film provides rich narrative content for viewers whether sighted, blind, vision impaired, disabled or for anyone in search of an inspiring story.

In the end, Sense the Wind subtly challenges us to consider what we are willing to do with the abilities that we have and to re-examine our notion of what dis-ability means.

Sense the Wind, Blind sailors race across the open water

Screening at the Jamestown Arts Center

Saturday, September 12, 7:00pm

  • $18 (non-members)
  • $15 (JAC Members & Any sailors competing in Sail Newport Blind Nationals)
  • Tickets available at jamestownartcenter.org and at the door
  • Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI 02835
  • www.jamestownartcenter.org
  • www.sensethewind.com

The Jamestown Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film screenings, OutLoud events and concerts, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. Housed in a 5,000 square foot, former boat repair shop, the JAC is also home to the East Bay Met School’s Arts Advisory, an alternative public high school program for young visual and performing artists. Programming partners include: Heifetz International Music Institute, FirstWorks, Community MusicWorks, RISCA, FabNewport, The Jamestown Schools, Providence Premieres, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Worldways Social Marketing, The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting & Directing Program and many individual artists and local organizations. The Jamestown Arts Center is quickly becoming a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish.

The mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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