Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
DEFINING BEAUTY: Ms. Wheelchair America won the Audience Award Winner Documentary at The Newport Beach Film Festival!
Thanks to everyone who came out, helped and supported throughout the years! More festivals to come!
Click below to read more about the awards given at the Newport Beach Film Festival!
Friday, May 6, 2011
Sunday, May 1st marked the world premiere of “Defining Beauty: Ms.Wheelchair America” at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival. "Defining Beauty" won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the Festival. Set in beautiful coastal Orange County the Newport Beach Film Festival was a perfect fit for the world premiere of “Defining Beauty” because of its dedication to showcasing a diverse selection of studio and independent films that offer a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities.
The world premiere was a huge success with attendees including numerous of the women featured in the film along with director/producer Alexis Ostrander, producers Meagan Keane and Molly Kasch, editor Rita K. Sanders, as well as Director of Photography David J. Fredrick who was recently awarded the 2011 SOC Camera Operator of the year award for his work on “Sons of Anarchy”. The audience response was glowing as they were afforded the opportunity to ask questions to the production team as well as the women from film following the screening. Special appreciation was given to the film’s dedication to showing the truth behind these women’s lives and the drama as well as the emotion that comes with any pageant.
Once the premiere was complete family and friends of the cast and crew joined together to celebrate at Skosh Monahan’s in Newport Beach for a premiere party sponsored by NBCUniversal Diversity, Cayman Blue Vodka and UCP of Orange County. The accolades continued to roll in as everyone ate, drank and danced into the night.
Following their hugely successful world premiere the production team of “Defining Beauty: Ms.Wheelchair America” now turns their attention to a large-scale fundraiser “Taste of Beauty Weekend” in Atlanta. Defining Media LLC, the production company behind “Defining Beauty”, has partnered with the Burton Blatt Institute of Atlanta to help raise funds for the film and for the support of children with disabilities across the country. Executive Producer Manuela Ikenze has been on location in Atlanta since December of 2010 prepping for the event, which will take place, May 14-15th and will showcase the talents of disabled children and young people of Atlanta along with a VIP screening of the film. For those interested in supporting Taste of Beauty but not in the Atlanta area, monetary donations can be made (as little as $20 is helpful) at the link below.
For more information-
Taste of Beauty Weekend: http://tasteofbeautysoutheast.org/