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For Immediate Release                                                                           
October 18, 2013
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Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Film Center and Shriners Hospital for Children are pleased to announce a free monthly film series for families with children with special needs as part of the Tumbleweeds year-round program. All films are screened for free at Shriners Hospital - Fairfax Road at Virginia Street – Salt Lake City, UT 84103.
Visit www.utahfilmcenter.org for more info.

During the Utah Film Center's 2013 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for children and youth, the Utah Film Center hosted its second annual, free screening for families with autistic children. The success and positive feedback from local families encouraged us to look at doing a year round program. “We are excited to announce that we have expanded this one-time annual screening into a free monthly film series for families with children who not only suffer from autism, but also ASD, ADD/ADHD, SPD, anxiety and other mental health, developmental or behavioral struggles,” said Holly Yocom, Executive Director of the Utah Film Center. “This series screens on the third Saturday of each month at the Shriners Hospital auditorium.”

The 2013 Tumbleweeds Special Needs screenings are:
Saturday /// October 19 @ 11:00AM
 WALLACE AND GROMIT: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Directed by Steve Box and Nick Park
Rated G | 85 min. | 2005 | USA
Eccentric inventor Wallace and his cunning canine, Gromit, have launched "Anti-Pesto" – a pest control business with a heart. When called upon by the dotty Lady Tottington to solve her rabbit infestation, Wallace tangles with her Ladyship’s would-be suitor, rotten cad Victor Quartermaine. At first Wallace and Gromit seem to have things in hand, but the pest-control device malfunctions with disastrous results – and Wallace is in danger of being bagged by Quartermaine. While Wallace teeters perilously close to disaster, his four-legged pal, Gromit, faces almost insurmountable odds to save the day!

Saturday /// November 16@ 11:00AM KID FLIX MIX 2013/2014
Recommended for ages 4+ | 59 min. In English or musical/no dialogue
Don't miss this international collection of short animated films including "The Squeakiest Roar," a favorite from the 2013 Tumbleweeds Film Festival. Curated by the New York Children's International Film Festival, this program features films from Australia, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA.

The Tumbleweeds year-round Special Needs Screenings are presented in partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Easy to Love Support Group, and the R. Harold Burton Foundation.

SAVE THE DATE! – 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth. The 2014 edition of the Intermountain West's premiere film festival for kids aged 4 and up runs March 14-16, 2014 with screenings in Salt Lake City and Park City. Visit our website at utahfilmcenter.org for up to date information.
Tumbleweeds is the Utah Film Center's program for children and youth ages 4 and up. The year-round program includes an annual film festival in March and a monthly screening series in 6 communities across the state. Tumbleweeds programming inspires, engages, and connects the children and youth of our community through international and independent film screenings and creative workshops. Tumbleweeds provides opportunities for film lovers of all ages to engage their creative spirit, and bridge cultures by experiencing films whose stories transcend geographic and cultural boundaries.
Tumbleweeds screenings are made possible with support from Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Zion's Bank, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Art Works for Kids. The Shriners Hospital screenings have been made possible by a generous donation from the R. Harold Burton Foundation.

Holly M. Yocom | Executive Director
Utah Film Center | 122 S. Main Street 
Salt Lake City, UT | 84101
o: (801) 746-7000 | c: (801) 231-0611

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