DaSilva: Artist, Ambassador
Historically, disability stories haven’t been told well in film. More often than not, they’re informed by fear rather than reality and the perspective is one of an outsider looking in. Jason DaSilva’s work

[“Jason DaSilva, NEW MOBILITY Person of the Year: Documenting Life, Finding Joy,” January 2015] has helped erect an important cinematic bridge between the typically non-disabled perspective to that of “the new normal” a recently disabled person faces. Unknown, sometimes scary, sure, but with Jason, never overwrought. Filmmaking is art, not therapy, and DaSilva knows this. He’s managed to communicate the understandable trauma of his diagnosis without drowning the transition in the pathos we’re sadly accustomed to seeing. That’s significant. And, for filmmaking, strangely fresh.

DaSilva may not have sought membership in the disability community, but we’re lucky to have him. And the skillful way he applies his craft. As his story has evolved, so has his storytelling. The disability community would be hard pressed to find a better ambassador.
Lawrence Carter-Long