Sharon Terry



Three screenings: 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., & 9:00 p.m.


By Sharon Terry. Genetic Alliance will host its second annual Gene Screen mini-film festival in conjunction with its 2010 Annual Conference, Advancing Novel Partnerships.

This innovative event will shed light on the important world of health and genetics. Numerous creative and informative entries were received for this festival and after a competitive selection process the following films were chosen to be screened:

6:00 p.m. Screening: In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome – A film that focuses on people learning to live with Marfan Syndrome, a little-known and potentially fatal genetic connective tissue disorder. By following several families we see the despair and loneliness of trying to fit in with what is deemed normal, and we are moved by the hope and inspiration in finding a unique beauty within oneself.

7:30 p.m. Screening:  

  • The Power of Two – A feature-length, character-driven documentary in production with international implications about the importance of organ donation and transplantation, Cystic Fibrosis awareness and related health causes. This short clip from “The Power Of Two” will engage and inspire people by conveying a fundamental truth: There is a miracle in every breath.
  • Mito-Kids: Documenting Life – In a family shadowed by disease, there is a fine line between spoiling your kids and making sure every day is treasured.
  • Jewish Genetic Disease – A film about the lives of three separate families that have experience with a Jewish genetic disorder.
  • On Beauty – An excerpt from a film in production follows former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti as he skillfully employs his lens to redefine beauty by photographing children who are often relegated to the shadows because of their genetic conditions. His images are celebrations of life.

9:00 p.m. Screening: Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life – A group of college students take 15-year-old Darius Weems, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, out west to try to get his wheelchair customized on “Pimp My Ride.”

Q & A with the filmmakers will follow each of the three screenings. Come for all three, two, or just one. For more information on the Gene Screen visit:

 WHEN:  Thursday, July 15, 2010 ~ Three screenings: 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., & 9:00 p.m.     

 WHERE:  E Street Cinema ~ 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC  (entrance on E St between 10th and 11th St)

 TO RSVP:  Contact Joy Burwell at or call 202-263-2971

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