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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253/259-5884
Peggy Fortune, Al Sigl Community of Agencies, 585-442-4102, ext. 8779

 

WXXI AND AL SIGL COMMUNITY OF AGENCIES PRESENT TWO FREE SCREENINGS OF SHOOTING BEAUTY AT THE LITTLE THEATRE JANUARY 14

Rochester, New York (January 3, 2013) – As part of its Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencieswill host a free screening of Shooting Beautyat the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue) on Monday, January 14 at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. The film tells the inspirational story of an aspiring fashion photographer, Courtney Bent, whose career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center serving people with significant disabilities.

The screenings are free and open to the public. The 6 p.m. screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s producer Courtney Bent who will join the audience via Skype to talk about her film.

Shot over the span of a decade, Shooting Beauty puts the viewer in Courtney's shoes as she overcomes her own unspoken prejudices and begins inventing cameras accessible to her new friends. Courtney's efforts snowball into an award-winning photography program called "Picture This"—and becomes the backdrop for an eye-opening story about romance, loss and laughter that will challenge what you thought you knew about living with a disability—and without one.

Dialogue on Disability is a programming initiative that celebrates the amazing lives of people with special needs. During the week-long series, which runs January 7 through January 14, WXXI presents special programming on TV, radio, and at the Little Theatre. The programming is designed to encourage community dialogue about the lives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities and the importance of inclusion. Dialogue on Disability is made possible through support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. To learn more about the series and for a complete list of all the programming, visit wxxi.org/dod.

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