From the Arc of Northern Chesapeake:
[Aberdeen, MD] October 15, 2014— From music videos to documentaries on topics ranging from sports to parenting, there is something for everyone at The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region’s second annual Sprout Film Festival, scheduled for Friday, November 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Harford Community College.
The festival features 10 short, award-winning films that highlight or star people living with autism, Asperger syndrome, Down syndrome or other disabilities, and show how these individuals enjoy rich and rewarding lives working and playing within their communities. The festival is a fitting culmination to National Disability Employment Awareness Month which is celebrated in October, and recognizes the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities.
All of the movies in the Sprout Film Festival are engaging and family-friendly, and some have received international acclaim. Julie Chmura, development director at The ARC NCR says, “The level of talent in these films will surprise a lot of people. Everyone who sees these feel-good films walks away with a positive perception of people with developmental disabilities, and a new understanding that there really are no limits to their capabilities.” According to Chmura, The Arc NCR specifically chose films that would appeal to a broad audience, making it equally appropriate for a couple’s date night or family outing, as well as a great learning opportunity for counselors and educators.
The Arc NCR is creating a red carpet, movie premiere atmosphere for the Sprout Film Festival. Included with the $10 admission are light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and photo opportunities. Pre-movie activities begin at 6:00 p.m.; the films will be presented starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Sprout Film Festival takes place in the Dr. James F. LaCalle Conference Room E132 in Edgewood Hall at Harford Community College. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at http://www.arcncr.org/events_sprout.html or by calling 410.836.7177. All proceeds benefit The Arc NCR.