3rd Annual Gene Screen
Genetic Alliance hosted the 3rd Annual Gene Screen in conjunction with our 25th Anniversary Annual Conference:
25 Years of Innovation.
Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in metro Washington, DC
When: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
We were excited to screen a series of short films followed by a question and answer session with available filmmakers.
Me and Antoine B.
When Marfan Syndrome forced him off the playing fields in middle school, Kevin picked up a video camera and began filming the teams he once played on. This film follows Kevin on a journey of self-discovery, showing how one young man copes with a physically limiting condition by not letting it stand in his way.
In a short excerpt from this feature-length, character-driven drama, Julie, who has osteogenesis imperfecta, candidly explains her fears and the challenges she encounters in daily life. While the story is fictional, the messages about love and friendship ring true.
No More Hand-Me-Downs: Research Designed for Children
Children need treatments designed especially for their developing brains and bodies. Clinical research is the best way to find out what works best for children. In the words of parents, experts, and children themselves, this short film discusses why research in children is important, what happens in a study, safety measures, and informed decision making.
Aiden’s Journey: Awareness and Hope
Told from the perspective of Aiden’s parents, this short documentary addresses the medical, emotional, and social impact of raising a child with special needs. Aiden has Apert Syndrome, but his family’s journey—from the initial stages of grief to embracing their role as their child’s advocate—resonates across conditions.
If I Can’t Dance
This inspirational documentary shows the power of dance to help those with Parkinson’s Disease.
One Little Difference
Camp Crescent Moon is the nation’s premiere camp program for children with sickle cell disease. In this excerpt from the full-length documentary, kids show their enthusiasm and ability to overcome adversity as they create music videos – the activity they enjoy more than any other.
As Conrad, a scientist at the University of Calgary, drives through the Rockies, he explains the basics of epigenetics and how accumulated epigenetic changes can lead to differences between identical twins. This film investigates the concept of "nature versus nurture" as described by the rules of epigenetics.
A second screening took place on Saturday, June 25, as a conference workshop, for those who were unable to attend Thursday’s event. If you are interested in using Gene Screen films for educational purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gene Screen brings together genetics and health professionals, filmmakers who have taken on genetics as a subject for exploration, and interested members of the DC metro community. To find out how you can get involved - submit a film, sponsor a future event, and more - email email@example.com.
Genetic Alliance hosted Gene Screen in conjunction with our 2009 and 2010 Annual Conferences. Each year we screened phenomenal films for enthusiastic audiences, including both Genetic Alliance Annual Conference participants and interested members of the DC public.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genetic Alliance improves health through the authentic engagement of communities and individuals. In this, our 25th year, we celebrate innovation on our journey toward novel partnerships, connected consumers and smart services.