We have the honour of being an official selection for the Bahamas International Film Festival.
Put 11 am on 10 December in your calendar and come see our film at the Melia Hotel, Cable Beach, New Providence. The little movie we made about this inspiring school has really resonated with audiences and we’re so happy more people can see and hear the great work that the students and teachers are doing at Every Child Counts school in Abaco to make a difference to a whole community.
Every Child Counts has secured a Canadian television première with one of the country’s pre-eminent public broadcasters. TV Ontario, a leader in thought-provoking and innovative content has acquired the broadcast rights to our film. The first screening to audiences in Canada is scheduled for January 2015. We are particularly glad to have TVO as our début broadcaster as many of the persons engaged with the making of the film, lending their teaching and therapeutic skills and many donors to the school are Ontario-based. This story of generosity of spirit and a desire to give to a community determined not to see their children sidelined continues to touch hearts and minds. We will update this post when the actual broadcast date and time is published by TV Ontario later this year.
For more information about TV Ontario, its programming and how you can support them to continue showcasing the best stories from Ontario, Canada and the world please visit www.tvo.org
We are thrilled to be chosen as an official entry into the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. Our little story of hope continues to touch viewers and as the word spreads further more and more people are learning about the power of community, compassion and that all of us has something to contribute however big or small. Every Child Counts will have a matinée screening on 11 November. The festival runs 7-23 November. Full programme guide and more information is available at FLIFF. The director, Wendy Loten will be attending the screening. If you will be in the Ft Lauderdale area on the 11th we’d love to have your support by attending the film’s Florida première.
Every Child Counts is currently being considered for entry into several other regional film festivals in Florida as well as an on-location extension of FLIFF on Grand Bahama. We will keep you updated.
After the world premiere screening of the documentary 0n 26 April, the Nassau Tribune published this article summarising the emotional response the program triggered.
When we were filming “EVERY CHILD COUNTS”, we had the great fortune to be able to include the fundraising concerts of MUSIC DOING GOOD, a wonderful organization from Houston, Texas. This nonprofit arts organization has the mission “to inspire and transform lives through innovative, music-based programming”, and over the two years of filming, we saw them clearly making huge changes in the lives of students at ECC. (more…)
Given the cold Canadian winters, it’s not surprising that the Bahamas with its warm island breezes and friendly inhabitants attracts so many Canadians. Several of these “snowbirds” arrived on the doorstep of the EVERY CHILD COUNTS school to become either teachers or volunteers and supporters. (more…)
I was inspired to make this film about this amazing school in Abaco by my friend Mavis Payne. Mavis and her husband John had moored their sailboat in the harbour at Hopetown for many years, under the watchful eye of Truman Major and they became good friends with him and his wife, Lyn. When Lyn decided to start up the school Every Child Counts, Mavis and John became big supporters. Mavis suggested I make a film to tell the touching story of how it all began and the amazing effect it has had on the community. (more…)