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Bringing people together for a free movie show under the stars

The Moonlight Movie Series is about more than a free movie, it is about bringing the community together to heal and have fun.

This was the word from organiser Eugene Dean of Startime Productions.

“The economic times have been hard on people,” said Mr Dean. “People are working numerous jobs and that puts strain on the family unit. A lot of times people are at a loss as to what to do as a family. Sometimes there are financial barriers that prevent them from doing what they would like to do and this is something that is free. The impact of it is really unknown and has a potential to heal a lot. It is important for us to be proactive. It is one thing to talk about locking people up for antisocial behaviour, but we also need environments where we are offering a positive alternative.”

‘Soul Surfer’ (PG), starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, and Carrie Underwood, will be the first movie in the series on Saturday at Shelly Bay Field at 9pm. The film is the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer who lost an arm during a shark attack but went on to become a champion surfer.

The film is being sponsored by the Department of Youth, Sport & Recreation. It is arranged to coincide with Camparama, an annual event that brings the Island’s summer camps together to celebrate the end of the summer camp season. Campers will give live performances.

There will also be food vendors, fun castles and other activities.

The Bermuda Heart Foundation will also have a presence at the event, targeting people who are recovering from heart problems.

But Mr Dean said the Moonlight Movie Series, a charity event, can not go on without financial support from the community. This year Startime has worked hard to reach out to the corporate community.

“We knew that we wouldn’t get everyone on board this year, but we have been happy with the reception we have gotten,” he said. “Our focus has been trying to make the relationships that will allow us to sustain the event. It has become very popular. Our view is that if we all chip in a little, then collectively we can make this event happen. It is something that the community really benefits from. Our focus is supporting families and encouraging unity.”

He invited possible corporate sponsors to come out and see how popular the event is. He is expecting between 700 and 1,200 people at the Shelly Bay movies and movies held in the past at Horseshoe Bay Beach have pulled in up to 3,000.

“All of the movies we pick are suitable for a broad audience,” Mr Dean said. “We try to cover the different genres throughout the series. We always start with a family movie, but we also offer PG-13 movies. Parking will be right on the field. All people have to do is bring their towel, chair or cushion to sit on. There will be a huge area for the kids. We will be working with Playgames who do the big Candyland events. There will be different rides, slides and games.”

The movie line-up is as follows:

‘Soul Surfer’ (PG) Shelly Bay Field at 9pm on Saturday.

‘Rango’ (PG) at Horseshoe Bay Beach will screen at 9pm Friday, August 12, followed by The Adjustment Bureau (PG13) at 11pm.

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules’ will screen at 9pm on Saturday, August 13 at Horseshoe Bay Beach; ‘Limitless’ (PG13) will follow at 11pm.

l For trailers and more information visit www.moonlightmovieseries.com. You can also find them on Facebook under Moonlight Movie Series or on Twitter at [AT]mms_bda.

Poster for the movie: Soul Surfer? will be shown this Saturday

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Published August 04, 2011 at 7:00 am (Updated August 03, 2011 at 8:33 pm)

Bringing people together for a free movie show under the stars

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