Press Release: For Immediate Release


new film

at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA


Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7-9pm

Screening to benefit the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network

(see here for flyer or here for the smaller version)

About the Film

Cowboy Song is a powerful film about two adult brothers in the filmmaker’s family: one with profound intellectual disabilities who seems drawn to cowboy music, the other newly retired to care for their aging father. Tracing the brother’s relationship over four decades and framed against a changing suburban and family landscape, the filmmaker uses classic westerns and the popular media of the brothers’ childhoods to find ways to express what both men leave unsaid.

Cowboy Song sheds light on the impact of disability on a family and the key role of the sibling relationship in an aging family. The film further explores music and disability, gender issues and caretaking. Crucially, it presents an all-too-rare film portrait of someone with profound intellectual disabilities.

This important new film by award-winning director Marie Regan will raise awareness about people with disabilities and thier siblings, and raise funds for the work done by the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network.


Film tickets are by donation, starting at $15. All ticket donations at $25 and above will receive free popcorn and a drink.

How to buy tickets:

Tickets can be purchased online at www.masiblingsupport.org to guarantee a seat, or at the door. For more information, email info@masiblingsupport.org or call (617) 807-0558.


Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

(parking behind theater on Beacon Street).

Program details

Cowboy Song is 58 minutes in length. It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with the filmmaker and other members of the audience.

About the filmmaker

Marie Regan worked for Francis Coppola at American Zoetrope and studied fine art filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute before earning her MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University. Her work has shown at venues including: the American Cinematheque, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Bilbao’s Zinebi Documentary and Short Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) in Brazil. Her work has been shown on television in Europe and Japan and in the United States (on the Sundance Channel). Cowboy Song is Marie’s first feature. More information at: www.mariereganfilm.com.

About the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network:

Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability, whether the disability is mental or physical, seen or unseen, is a unique, challenging, and potentially rewarding experience. The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network is the only organization in Massachusetts focused on supporting siblings of people with all types of disabilities. Our network is made up of adult siblings, parents of young siblings, service providers, educators, mental health and medical professionals. The MSSN is committed to supporting siblings in the following ways: creating welcoming communities across the siblings’ lifespan; improving the range and availability of sibling support services; and providing education about sibling-related issues. The MSSN collaborates with key stakeholders in the disability field, including the Sibling Leadership Network, The ARC, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Institute for Community Inclusion, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and the Massachusetts Parent Advisory Committee (MassPAC), among many other agencies and stakeholders. More information on our website: http://www.masiblingsupport.org

Emily Rubin, President

Massachusetts Sibling Support Network


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