In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month,
Shane’s Inspiration and the filmmakers of “Ian” are showing the film about inclusion to local students at school assemblies
Ian, an emotional animated short film, shares the true story of Ian, a young boy with a disability. This award-winning film produced by Oscar winner Juan José Campanella’s Buenos Aires based animation studio, Mundoloco, took home the top prize at the L.A. Shorts International Film Festival and several major international awards.
The “Ian” filmmakers have traveled from Argentina to partner with Los Angeles-based non-profit, Shane’s Inspiration to screen the short at local schools. The goal of the screenings is to teach the power of inclusion. Each screening will be followed by a brief Q&A session.
Writer and producer Gastón Gorali (“Underdogs”) and Ian’s mother, Sheila Graschinsky will join Shane’s Inspiration at local schools who are participating in their “Together, We Are Able” social inclusion education program that buddies children with disabilities with typically developing children to teach compassion and acceptance. “It’s so great to see these filmmakers address this important issue so powerfully.” – Shane’s Inspiration Co-Founder, Scott Williams (also Executive Producer of “NCIS”) stated.
WHEN & WHERE:
Screenings are scheduled for:
10/31/18 at 10:30am – St. Euphrasia, 17637 Mayerling Street, Granada Hills, CA 91344
11/1/18 at 10:00am – New Roads, 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
11/18/18 at 1:15pm – Crossroads, 1715 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
SYNOPSIS OF “IAN” FILM:
Ian was born with cerebral palsy. All he wants is to make friends, though that seems impossible to achieve when discrimination and bullying keep him away from his beloved playground. However, this young boy is determined and won’t give up easily.
Shane’s inspiration is an international non-profit based in Sherman Oaks, dedicated to fostering social inclusion for children with disabilities through the vehicle of inclusive playgrounds and programs. Currently, we have 68 inclusive playgrounds open in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Ecuador, and Russia. Our community outreach and education programs have reached over 41,000 children and their families. To learn more, please visit www.shanesinspiration.org. @ShanesPlay #InclusivePlay
Juan José Campanella
One of the most important and recognized Latin-American filmmakers. Campanella has written, directed and produced the Academy Award nominated film Son of the Bride, as well as the Academy Award winning film The Secret in Their Eyes. He has also directed many hours of television including the pilots for Halt and Catch Fire, and Colony.
This EMMY nominated producer was the co-screenwriter and producer of the award-winning animated film Underdogs distributed by Universal Pictures and The Weinstein Company. Gastón has created, co-written, and produced TV shows for global networks like Fox and Discovery Kids. Co-founder of Mundoloco CGI Animation Studios.
Abel was born in Buenos Aires in 1979. He studied Film Direction at the prestigious University of Cinema (FUC) in BA. At 17, he won his first screenplay contest, with his early works he was selected to screen at the 2010 Cannes film festival, and also distinguish in other prestigious festivals. He has worked with Oscar winner Juan José Campanella since 2010, directed many commercial ads and music videos and has been a lecturer at ORT for over a decade.
Ian’s mother, Sheila founded the IAN Foundation to fight against the lack of information and knowledge that often lead people with disabilities to be bullied and isolated. The short “Ian” rises from the need and goal of this foundation to reach every home with an inclusion message. Sheila works to make society understand that when talking about inclusion there is no time to waste.
Shane’s Inspiration is proud to partner with this film to teach that #InclusionMatters. #InclusionRules #IanFilm
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