About the Film

Jessica wears it all on her sleeve

Jessica Blinkhorn is an artist who lives large, rolls hard and won’t let her declining mobility stop her.  Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age 19 months—Jessica took her last steps at three years old, but that didn’t keep her from drawing on the walls of her home.  Recognizing her talent early on, her family encouraged her artistic talent and today—even as she loses her ability to draw—Jessica keeps finding ways to create.  Grounded By Reality gives you a glimpse into Jessica’s everyday struggles and her fierce determination to be seen as a whole and vital person through her art making.

Winner American Doc/POV Award Best Documentary International Documentary Challenge 2010

Official Selection: 
2012 Indie Grits Film Festival
2011 Little Rock Film Festival
2011 Atlanta Film Festival
2011 Oxford Film Festival
2011 International Health Film Festival, Greece
2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2011 Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival