IN APPRECIATION OF WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY, THE DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELS AND ARCLIGHT CINEMAS WILL PRESENT A DAY OF SPECIAL SCREENINGS OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM “KELLY’S HOLLYWOOD.”
Los Angeles, CA March 11th, 2015 – On March 21st (World Down Syndrome Day), The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) and ArcLight Cinemas of Sherman Oaks, CA will celebrate with a day of screenings of the documentary film “Kelly’s Hollywood” with proceeds going to DSALA. There will be tickets available to the general public for showtimes at 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM. There will be a celebrity red carpet with press from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM for the 7:30 showing. Arclight Cinemas Sherman Oaks is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Advanced ticket sales can be purchased directly at http://www.dsala.org/what-we-do/events/world-down-syndrome-day.html or on the DSALA website www.dsala.org under ‘events.’
DSALA said in a statement: “We created this event as an opportunity to share stories that highlight members of our community. We want to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and show the world how universal our stories can be. Kelly’s Hollywood came highly recommended to us for its portrayal of a journey to which so many people can relate. This film is about determination, chasing dreams, struggles, and triumphs; but at its core, it’s a story about family. Director, Brian Donovan really opens up his life and his heart to us in this film, and DSALA is happy to provide a platform for as many people as possible to get an opportunity to share in that.”
The film “Kelly’s Hollywood” was written and directed by Brian Donovan. A synopsis of the film is as follows: “A brother’s quest to fulfill his sister’s dream of becoming a Hollywood diva takes an unexpected turn when it starts to threaten his engagement. Brian, an aspiring actor, leaves his hometown of Buffalo, NY in the hopes of making it big in Los Angeles. As the years pass, he misses his loving sister Kelly, who he has left behind. Kelly, who has Down Syndrome and still lives at home with their parents, wants to follow in her big brother’s footsteps, but is relegated to assembly line work and performing in her bedroom. To put an end to Kelly’s frustrations and to fill the absence of her in his life, Brian brings Kelly to Hollywood every winter to share in the dream. As Brian makes Kelly’s dream a reality, his romantic relationships suffer as Kelly becomes increasingly jealous of his girlfriend. Faced with boundary ultimatums from his girlfriend, and health complications of Kelly’s, Brian works to find balance between the two. But when Kelly’s health plummets, Brian desperately tries to fulfill her last wish of performing in front of a live audience. Will her wish become a reality? And will Brian’s own dreams of marrying survive?” Some of the positive reviews of the film as follows:
“You would be hard-pressed to find a more touching and ultimately life-affirming documentary…” Buck Quigley, ARTVOICE
“I just loved this documentary! It is so full of heart. I laughed. I cried. It was absolutely riveting”
Molly Shannon, Actress and SNL Star
“This overwhelmingly intimate sibling love affair will seep into your being for
Kathryn Morris, Actress Cold Case
Kelly’s dreams, passions and jealousies were so expansive they were made for the silver screen. This masterful love letter from a brother to his sister, transports Kelly to her rightful place on the big screen.
Danny Pino, Actor Cold Case, Law & Order
Kelly’s Hollywood will take you on a beautifully honest journey. There was nothing, especially not Down syndrome, that was going to stop Kelly from living the life of her dreams. She personifies ‘Bring it!’ better than anyone else I’ve ever met.
Tony Horton, Fitness Guru and P90X Creator
On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided to “designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012” and “invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome”.
The primary mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) is to enhance the welfare of people with Down syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs. We strive to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome. For more information visit their website at www.dsala.org.
For media and press inquiries for the 7:30 PM screening of “Kelly’s Hollywood,” or interview inquiries, please contact Tad Hamilton of Mosaic Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 310-866-3754.