The Focus Film Festival was a project started by Far Northern Regional Center in 2005. It featured narrative and documentary films that explore the human experience and celebrate diversity and inclusion. With a vision of a community that embraces diversity, not as difference, but as a blend of varied and valuable contributions. The festival Director was Mary Ann Weston, who at the final festival in 2014 was showing over 30 films over the span of three days. Mary Ann has since retired, but in honor of this amazing Festival, Far Northern Regional Center is continuing with Focus Film Presents: one night events exploring films about diversity.
Focus Film Presents:
Life, Animated- by Roger Ross Williams
Right Footed- by Nick Spark
Join us for a wonderful evening of two award winning films.
Life, Animated Synopsis:
From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE LION KING, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.
Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.
Right Footed Synopsis:
Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disabilities.
Right Footed will begin at 5:00pm (82 min)
Life, Animated will begin at 6:45 (89 min)
***Pre-Registration Required due to limited seating***
A $5 Donation will be accepted at the door
Register At: https://focusfilm2017.eventbrite.com