“Portraits of Inspiration: Sr. Jeanne The Power Nun” Debuts at the ‘Miracle’ May 19th

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Movie of the unstoppable human force of Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin who impacted thousands of lives.

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In 1992 what began as a still photographic exhibit by Artist Scherley Busch titled the Florida Women of Achievement has evolved into a documentary film series for the big screen. “Portraits of Inspiration: Sr. Jeanne The Power Nun” is the true-life story of Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin and will debut at 7 pm Tuesday, May 19 at the Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. “Sister Jeanne is one of the finest examples of trailblazing leadership. It is an honor to debut this series with her captivating story,” said artist, photographer and filmmaker Scherley Busch.

“The members of this community both in and out of Barry’s gates have given me my greatest sense of success and accomplishments,” said Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin. “I’m humbled to receive this appreciation and to have Florida Women of Achievement, where I served as a board and honorary board chair, document my life in such a beautiful way -- I am truly blessed to be part of this project.

During her 23-year tenure as president Sister Jeanne took the small Barry College in North Miami that was on the brink of bankruptcy and transformed it into the forth-largest University in Florida. She broke down barriers and moved mountains in her own unique style and was one of the first females in South Florida to be accepted into the all male decision making boardrooms during the Women’s Movement.

  •     She stepped up for Hurricane Andrew ravaged communities,
  •     Came to the aide hundreds of women and children caught up in the Immigration crisis of the 1990’s,
  •     Opened doors to help women and men alike.

The film takes viewers back through South Florida’s history to relive how humanitarian and educator Sister Jeanne became an unstoppable force of impacting many lives. “She stood up on the vital issues of the day and made a difference,” said Busch.

Florida Women of Achievement
The women featured in the FWA exhibit and upcoming “Portraits of Inspiration” films are those who dared to change the landscape of Florida and the nation in every field: sports, medicine, science, politics, the arts, education, and business to secure the rights of young women of today and tomorrow. The exhibit is by no means complete and history making women continue to be added each year.

Busch has captured portraits in settings that reflected the positive influence of trailblazers who challenged patriarchal attitudes. The women spotlighted include: iconic environmentalist/author Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan, record breaking tennis legend Chris Evert, pioneer and director at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center JoAnn Morgan, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and Florida’s Supreme Court Justices Rosemary Barkett, Peggy Quince, and Barbara Pariente.

Portraits of Inspiration: Sr. Jeanne The Power Nun
Tuesday, May 19, 7 pm
Miracle Theater, Coral Gables
To purchase tickets. http://www.floridawomenofachievement.org/
Or call: 305-661-6605

Press Information:
Press kit with visuals and background: https://presskit.to/thepowernun
Film trailer: http://www.floridawomenofachievement.org/Florida_Women_of_Achievement/Trailer.html

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