PRESS RELEASE: Film Premiere on August 27th
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Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to see the world without leaving your hometown? Come find out at the world premiere of “Around the World in Seattle,” a short film that highlights the diversity of Seattle by following in the footsteps of low-income, minority Seattle youth.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2015
Kirsten Rogers, Director of Communications
Michael E. Armentrout, President
Nicholas Sparks Foundation
FILM PREMIERE: The Nicholas Sparks Foundations partners with Seattle organization
to produce educational film on diversitySeattle, Washington – August 5, 2015 – Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to see the world without leaving your hometown? Come find out at the world premiere of “Around the World in Seattle,” a short film that highlights the diversity of Seattle by following in the footsteps of low-income, minority Seattle youth.
Founded by world-renowned author Nicholas Sparks, The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, and OneWorld Now!, a Seattle-based leadership program, teamed up to produce an educational film about diversity in Seattle. This is the second film in a series; the first explores Raleigh, North Carolina through the eyes of six students.
Starring seven Seattle students, the film takes the audience from the Oromo Cultural Center and Mosque in south Seattle northward to a traditional Korean restaurant in Shoreline, with many stops in between. Each student selected a location significant to their cultural heritage, taking viewers to hidden corners of the city. Thoughtful conversations around ethnic and religious identity unfold at each location and give the audience insight into the minority and immigrant experience in Seattle. Olesya Mironchuk, representing the Russian immigrant experience in the film, captured the project’s purpose:
“This is the true America. America is diverse. America has many faces. As people we tend to get stuck in our own communities… I don’t think I would have ever gone to a Mosque or a Buddhist temple if it wasn’t for this program [OneWorld Now!]” – Olesya Mironchuk, Ballard High School class of 2015
Post-premiere, the film will be used in K-12 classrooms across the country to spark important conversations about diversity. Accompanied by a viewing guide, the Seattle students in the film will be trained to facilitate group discussions with their peers.
The film will premiere at the Wing Luke Museum on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 5:30pm and will include a panel discussion. The audience will hear students’ reflections on cross-cultural dialogue and exchange with peers from around Seattle and have the opportunity to ask questions.
There are a limited number of seats reserved for members of the media. Please contact Kirsten Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-223-7703 if you would like to reserve a seat or have further questions about the film.
About OneWorld Now! – OneWorld Now!’s mission is to develop the next generation of global leaders. We open up access to international education for low-income minority high school students. Each year, high school students from Seattle get credit to learn Chinese or Arabic language and participate in weekly leadership workshops with their peers. In the summer, OneWorld Now! support students to access scholarships for study abroad and other learning opportunities. Through sustained outreach activities, OneWorld Now! continues to support alumni with college and career advising, internships, and scholarships related to international service and careers. In doing so, OneWorld Now! strives to grow what many students refer to as the OneWorld Now! community, which is diverse, supportive and inspiring.
About the Nicholas Sparks Foundation – The mission of the Foundation is to increase access to innovative global learning opportunities for students across the United States. Inspired by Nicholas Sparks’s personal experience as a world-traveling author, the Foundation is passionately developing globally-focused, college-preparatory learning to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities ahead of them in our world. The Foundation is particularly committed to providing opportunities for youth in poor and underserved communities in rural America.