DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

December 13, 2010 09:53 ET

"Heart of a Dragon" to Screen for Vancouver Inner City Youth

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2010) - On December 16, 2010, 12:30 pm at Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, BC…Thunder Bay Films and DAREarts, a non-profit charity that ignites change in young Canadians through the arts, are joining forces to present a special screening of the feature film "Heart of a Dragon" for east Vancouver students in Grades 6 and 7. 

DAREarts founder, Marilyn Field, has dedicated the past fifteen years to bringing the arts to children who are academically, socially, economically and emotionally at-risk, helping them to discover their own inner strength, creativity and passion. She has chosen to present "Heart of a Dragon" to these students because it aligns well with DAREarts' mission to empower children by building their self-confidence, courage and leadership skills. 

"Heart of a Dragon" tells a touching story inspired by wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, and is about hopes and dreams - it's the story of a man who, in a test of his own self endurance, discovers the true meaning of love, loyalty, friendship and the strength of the human spirit.

To further inspire the youth, editor and associate producer Chris Ainscough and Britt French will meet the youth and answer questions following the screening. Media are invited to attend.

"The story of 'Heart of a Dragon' is a story of struggle in order to survive and how each one of us has his or her own physical or emotional obstacles to overcome, our own great walls to climb," says Michael French. "The film's story has a universal theme which I believe will resonate with people anywhere in the world where people have hopes and dreams, and the courage to meet challenges and obstacles that may come their way. Through hard work and perseverance, and the support of people you love and trust you can achieve anything."

Over twenty years ago, something quite extraordinary happened in China. A young man in a wheelchair, accompanied by a few of his closest friends, entered Beijing half-way through their Man in Motion World Tour with over 1 million Chinese heralding his arrival as a hero. Starring in the film are Victor Webster, Sarah-Jane Potts, James T. Byrnes, Yu Na, Andrew Lee Potts and Ethan Embry.

"Heart of a Dragon" is written, directed and produced by Michael French, and is executive produced by David Foster, the 15-time Grammy® Award-winning producer and songwriter, and Mark Gordon, whose numerous film producing credits include 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'The Messenger,' 'Speed,' 'The Patriot' and TV's 'Grey's Anatomy'.

DAREarts offers Canadian elementary schools a unique way to supplement their arts education. The program has been a huge success; and officially launched its Vancouver program this past October by working with thirty Grade 7 students from Britannia Elementary, in partnership with the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. DAREarts' next series of workshops will be in May, 2011 as it continues to touch the lives of young teens in Vancouver, empowering them to become leaders of tomorrow by harnessing the core power of the arts - Discipline, Action, Responsibility, Respect and Excellence.

Please visit DAREarts Foundation at www.darearts.com.

Please visit "Heart of a Dragon" at www.heartofadragonmovie.com.

www.YouTube.com/heartofadragonmovie www.Facebook.com/heartofadragonmovie.

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