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Disabled Activist debuts film friday at Hynes Convention Center (english)
08 Dec 2002
Press release on "Life and Death in Maine" an independent
Disabled filmmaker and activist releases documentary on Maine's 2000 Assisted Suicide Referendum
Contact Michael Reynolds (207) 783-1339
mike (at)
uppity-disability (at)

Lewiston Maine- Michael Reynolds, a nationally known disabled activist, releases his first independent documentary "Life and Death in Maine" with it's premier in conjunction with the 2002 International TASH Conference in Boston, MA on December 13, 2002 at the Hynes Convention Center, 7 pm, Beacon H. The movie has a website at

Reynolds, 29, documented many of the events surrounding the referendum on his video camera. His intent was to capture the opposition to the referendum from a disability rights perspective. From Legislative hearing to public forums and press conferences, throughout Maine, Reynolds captures some of the most vivid, passionate, and compelling arguments against physician-assisted suicide, or as Reynolds states “physician induced death.”

Reynolds also provides historical background and social context on the referendum. “Our society regards disability as a fate worse than death.” Reynolds states, following it up with examples, from incontinence or “the loss of bodily function” being one of the primary reasons over two dozen people chose to end there life in Oregon in 1999, “I suffer from incontinence; every four to six hours I either need to change an undergarment or catheterize myself…the idea that I’d want to kill myself over what amounts to a slight annoyance is ludicrous, it is not like incontinence supplies are marketed to people simply waiting to die” states Reynolds, who has Cerebral Palsy, in the documentary.

Reynolds documentary grew out of his website, uppity disability dot net, a project he started in 1995. Uppity Disability dot net is funded and has its fiscal agent through Resources Organizing for Social Change (ROSC), a progressive non-profit based in Monroe, ME. Reynolds completed the documentary on a budget of two hundred dollars. Reynolds is a graduate of the University of Maine, and works full time in the financial services field in Augusta.

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