Thursday, March 20, 2008

Announcement: Body&Soul at the Full Frame Documentary/Sneak Preview

Academy Award Nominated Director

A poignant film portrait of two women determined to make a difference

Sneak Preview
Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
UNC School of Social Work
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
UNC, Chapel Hill325 Pittsboro StreetSeating is limited and admission is free. Donations accepted.
The UNC School of Social Work and the Jordan Institute are located in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building on the western edge of the campus. Our building is located across the street from the State Employees Credit Union, and in between the FedEx Global Education Center and the School of Public Health.
Alice Elliott will be in attendance to answer questions about the film and the Festival.

For more information contact Arc of Orange County Executive Director, Robin Baker, at (919) 942-5119

With the support of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, there will be a sneak preview of BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7 pm. The screening is sponsored by the Arc of Orange County and takes place at UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 325 Pittsboro Street in Chapel Hill.

NEW YORK, NY – March 20, 2008 -- BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY, the new short documentary film directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Alice Elliott (The Collector of Bedford Street, 2002), is an official selection of the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. The film runs Friday, April 4 at 10:15 am. Durham-born Director Alice Elliott and Producer, Simone Pero Audi, will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the screening. BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY was nominated for the 2007 IDA Documentary Award and was an official film festival selection of Big Sky Documentary, Mill Valley, Heartland, Hot Springs, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Santa Barbara International, Palm Springs International, Cleveland International, Brattleboro Women's and the Nazariya Women's Film Festival in India.

BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY is a rare look at an unusual relationship between two women determined to make a difference for all people with disabilities. Diana Braun who has Down Syndrome, and Kathy Conour who is non-verbal and has Cerebral Palsy met at a sheltered workshop in Illinois three decades ago and vowed to live independent, non-institutionalized lives. Fearful of being shut away in a nursing home or forced into a state run institution, Diana and Kathy broke the rules, escaped the system, and survived to tell their story. Told in an intimate, verité style, the film allows the viewer into a private world and sweeps us up into a way of life rarely seen on the big screen.

Award-winning director Alice Elliott is known for making intimate films about people who are traditionally overlooked. “I’m creating change in the world by telling stories that might not
get told. Exploring the ability to use art for change gives me a purpose to get up every morning. I like being an artist and an activist,” says Elliott. This film is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly, The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

About Welcome Change Productions
Welcome Change Productions is an independent, documentary production company that is committed to giving a voice to people and stories that are traditionally not depicted on film and television. We strive to capture narratives about community and about the individuals who create communities. The goals of telling a story and inspiring change frame our productions. We believe a good story can educate, motivate, and transform us. For more information about BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY, visit

Welcome Change Productions
Director/Producer: Alice Elliott, 212-924-7151,
Producer: Simone Pero Audi/For Impact Productions,

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