Chagrin Doc Fest Brings the World to Chagrin Falls

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Mary Ann Ponce, of Fevered Dream Productions, announced today that the dates for the upcoming Chagrin Documentary Film Fest will be October 12 - 16th. The five day Fest, founded in honor of filmmaker David Ponce, will bring documentaries from around the world to the Chagrin Falls and the Chagrin Valley Ohio area. Ponce said the fest is working with international film festival producer AMRITSA whose other festivals include Swansea Bay Film Festival in Wales – with actress Catherine Zeta Jones as a patron – and The International Film Festival, South Africa.

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Nothing is as important to me as producing work that is true to Sparrow and showing those who have not visited, just what the human spirit is capable of when faced with something immensely dark and frightening.

The Chagrin Valley will find itself at the center of the international documentary film festival world in just two-and-a half-months. Running from Tuesday, October 12, 2010, through Saturday, October 16, 2010, the inaugural Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and Fevered Dreams Productions will bring documentaries from all over the globe to venues in lovely Chagrin Falls, Ohio, such as The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, Chagrin Falls Township Hall, Chagrin Falls High Performing Arts Center, and The Atrium at Hamlet Village.

Working with international film festival producer AMRITSA, The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is bringing the world to the Chagrin Valley with compelling documentary films from around the globe. Fevered Dreams Productions is the producer. Other AMRITSA festivals include Swansea Bay Film Festival in Wales – with actress Catherine Zeta Jones as a patron – and The International Film Festival, South Africa.

The Festival was inspired by the late filmmaker David Ponce, who told the story of Sparrow Village, an AIDS orphanage in South Africa, through his documentary, The Lost Sparrows of Roodenport. Even as he faced his own battle with leukemia, David wrote; "Nothing is as important to me as producing work that is true to Sparrow and showing those who have not visited, just what the human spirit is capable of when faced with something immensely dark and frightening." “David Ponce was an accomplished and insightful filmmaker – this festival could not be a more appropriate tribute!” said Bill Laufer, Laufer Film producer.

It is with dedication to David’s vision, talent and compassion that The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival will present a wide variety of stories about the human condition and natural world. Documentaries such as, “2012: Time For Change,” directed by Joao Amorim, presents ways to transform our unsustainable society into a regenerative planetary culture.

To find out how to become a festival sponsor, a member, or simply get information on when and where documentaries are showing, or to buy tickets, please contact Mary Ann Quinn Ponce at the Festival, as indicated above.

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