November 13, 2007

The Newest Domino from the 2007 Festival


The filmmaking team of Darius Goes West desperately wanted to get in touch with Oprah Winfrey, hoping that an appearance on her show would dramatically raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the number one genetic killer of children worldwide. During their packed house post-screening Q&A, they handed out pre-addressed postcards to Oprah and asked the audience to fill them out and forward on their behalf.THE RESULT: An independent filmmaker in the audience, who had previously worked closely with Oprah, refused to forward the card. Instead, he gave the team her direct phone number. Then a major Hollywood director, after making a generous financial donation to the fight against DMD, invited the team, including Darius and his mother, to an all-expenses-paid visit to Beverly Hills and to the premiere of his latest film. The team accepted the invitation and took advantage of the exposure they were afforded while in Hollywood to push closer to the goal of eradicating DMD.


Darius and his crew at Universal Studios, Los Angeles.

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