Theater director hopes free film screening will inspire

August 02, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Maryland Theatre Executive Director Brian Sullivan is hoping a documentary about Northern Ugandan children being forced to take arms in that nation's war will inspire local youths to form an outlook about life and how they can help humanity.

The downtown Hagerstown theater is hosting a free showing of "Invisible Children" at 7 p.m. Saturday. A discussion will be held after the film with Sullivan, Dave Dull from Antietam Cable, and Charles Dawson, an actor and director of independent film.

The documentary tells the story of children kidnapped from their homes and forced to fight as soldiers for the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel army in a war against the Ugandan government, according to press material for the film.

The film, created by three young Americans, led to the creation of Invisible Children Inc. This nonprofit group promotes awareness of the tragedy in Northern Uganda, raises funds to help the people of Northern Uganda and tries to inspire others to change the world.


Sullivan requested a copy of the movie after seeing a story about the film and movement on "Good Morning, America."

Sullivan hopes the film encourages young people to make films and improve the lives of others.

By showing the film for free, he's also hoping it will draw more people to the theater and to see a work of art, Sullivan says.

If you go ...

WHAT: Screening of "Invisible Children"

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

COST: Free

MORE: For information, call 301-790-2000

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