Some films just need to be seen, and Dairus Goes West is one of those films.
Local filmmaker and former WWeek film editor David Walker is presenting two screenings of this incredibly moving film.
Here are the complete details:
The critically acclaimed documentary Dairus Goes West returns to Portland for two very special screenings to benefit Muscular Dystrophy research.
Fifteen-year-old Darius Weems and eleven of his best friends set off across America with the ultimate goal of getting his wheelchair customized on MTV’s Pimp My Ride. Not only does Darius Weems bravely face his own inevitable fate with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), but through his unflinching humor and his extraordinary laugh, he sparks a revolution in the lives of everyone who crosses–and then shares–his courageous path. The result is a rarely seen testament to the explosive idealism of today’s youth, as well as a vivid portrayal of adventure, of brotherhood, and of the character and strength it takes to shed light on an uncertain future. Part revolution, part revelation, this film proves to people of all ages how life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.
Having taken top awards at over twenty film festivals in 2007 and 2008, the cast and crew of Darius Goes West is back on the road as they work to sell one million DVDs in one year. Each DVD costs $20, $17 of which goes to funding research to find a cure for DMD, the number one genetic killer of young people in the world.
Join Darius Weems, director Logan Smalley and the rest of the Darius Goes West crew for two special screenings, followed by Q&A sessions. DVDs will be available for sale after both screenings.
6:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 19th
Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Multicultural Center, 2nd Floor, Room 228
Free admission, donations gladly accepted.
Sponsored by Disability Advocacy & Cultural Association (DACA)
Co-sponsored by Disability Resource Center (DRC)
1 pm, Saturday, Feb 21st
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard; (503) 281-4215
$5 adults, $2 students w/ I.D. and children 12 and under
Here’s the trailer for the movie: