DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

January 21, 2008 15:57 ET

DAREarts Foundation Presents the Toronto Film Premiere of Willard-The Hermit of Gully Lake

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2008) - Nova Scotia's famous hermit may have wanted nothing to do with people, but the story of his life is being premiered on the big screen this week in Toronto.

DAREarts Foundation for Children is hosting the Toronto Premiere of 'Willard - The Hermit of Gully Lake' this Thursday, January 24th, 7:30 pm, at the Scotiabank Theatre on 259 Richmond St. West. Director\Producer Amy Goldberg has offered her Toronto Film Premiere to DareArts as a benefit and Cineplex has donated the space and refreshments! Proceeds of the event will support DAREarts' work with 'at risk' children.

Musician Randy Bachman narrates the extraordinary story of Willard Kitchener MacDonald's reclusive life, Rated 5 stars at the Atlantic Film Festival, this fascinating film is making headlines across the country!

Willard MacDonald made a choice during World War II that he paid for the rest of his life, surviving the hardest life imaginable in the wilds of Nova Scotia for 60 years in isolation. He became a local legend, touching the lives of many without ever intending to. The residents of nearby Earltown took an interest in him, bringing him food and supplies and eventually even arranging a pension for him.

The evening will also include a rough cut trailer for a film that young native Canadians of Webequie are producing with DAREarts' help and sponsorship which will be aired later this year, entitled "DAREarts Road to Webequie". Webequie is a small isolated first nations community in the wilderness of Northern Ontario which has a disproportional suicide rate among its youth. In the fall of 2007 a DAREarts team flew to Webequie to offer our skills and talents to a class of thirty native young people. The objective was for the youth of Webequie to create and stage a performance for the entire community in five days. You will see the joy and laughter experienced in creating a story, a song, life sized puppets, digital photographs, video and a beautiful backdrop in the video footage which Webequie's young people helped shoot and edit. A full documentary for television airing later this year is in the works.

Backgrounder - Founded in 1996, DAREarts Foundation is a national children's charity which provides a comprehensive arts education program to young students aged 9 through 13, empowering them to reach beyond their life challenges to become leaders. DAREarts exposes 10,000 children yearly to diverse cultural experiences that they would not have otherwise. Guided by local arts professionals, the children learn as they themselves paint, sculpt, sing, dance, compose, design, write, etc. These students gain leadership skills by bringing back their experiences and knowledge to their classmates, effectively creating a far-reaching ripple effect of exposure. DAREarts' Canadian Charitable Number is 88691 7764 RR0002.

Contact Information

  • DAREarts Foundation
    Alison Postma
    Director of Communications
    (905) 729-0097 or 1-888-540-2787
    Website: www.darearts.com