Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Hosting opportunity for Spring 2013 ReelAbilities Film Festival

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  TN UMC Disability Concerns, Health & Welfare
Rev. Ted Hill, Chairperson Conference Committee for Disability Concerns,
Rev. Marie C. King, Chairperson Conference Committee for Health and Welfare,

3.jpgGreetings members of The Tennessee Conference. During the 2012 Disability Concerns report at Annual Conference we shared an opportunity for congregations to be a host for the ReelAbilities Film Festival. This is being coordinated by Martin Methodist. The following information from Greta Henglein with Martin Methodist, will explain this opportunity.

Every year New York City hosts a ReelAbilities Film Festival - a week-long festival featuring inspirational films about people living with disabilities.

4.jpgRecently, the sponsoring organization extended the opportunity to host this festival to other metro areas around the country. We were very excited about hosting portions of the festival here on our campus in Pulaski, and partnering with one institution in Nashville and one institution in the Huntsville/Decatur metro area to co-host the festival with us. Our proposal to do so was enthusiastically approved by the board of directors of the sponsoring organization!

The dates for the Middle Tennessee/Northern Alabama ReelAbilities Film Festival will be agreed upon by all participating host congregations.

Each site will select which films they will show during the festival, from the catalogue of 100+ films that are available. There is no cost associated with showing the films, and if tickets are sold to the films all proceeds must be used for disabilities programming.

Facilitated audience discussion sessions typically follow each film, and are a wonderful opportunity to highlight the work of local agencies and professional/career opportunities for those interested in working with disabled individuals.

We will be given at least $5,000 to be used to promote the festival in Nashville, Pulaski/Giles County, and in Huntsville/Decatur, and the use of the ReelAbilities festival name and logo for all of our promotional materials.

The Disability Concerns Committee of The Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church is encouraging congregations to consider participating as a ReelAbilities host.

If interested, please contact:
Greta Henglein, Director of the First-Year Experience Program
Martin Methodist College
433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
Office: 931.424.7350
Cell: 931.638.5988

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Posted on 09/12/2012 8:24 PM by Marie King
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