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Be part of the D-Word world wide screening network

17.05.2013

Scottish Documentary Institute and the MND Association have together with D-Word, the worldwide online community of documentary professionals, initiated a collaborative project with the aim of distributing a film collectively. It is centered around the documentary I am Breathing by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon. And you can take part as well.

I am Breathing is a documentary about the final months of Neil Platt who died aged 34, only 14 months after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). MND is always fatal, and also known internationally as ALS, ELA, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The film has premiered at major festivals (IDFA, Hot Docs, etc) and been called "one of the year's most moving films" (The Hollywood Reporter). 

The aim with the collective distribution of I am Breathing is to build a worldwide screening network, showing the film on 21 June, the MND/ALS Global Awareness Day. All events will promote awareness of the disease and raise funds for research and care. The filmmakers and producers will make no profits. 

Scottish Documentary Institute and the MND Association are now asking documentary filmmakers to help get this film screened on 21 June or soon after. The venue could be anything from your living room to a community space or a local cinema. And you can hook you up with local MND/ALS campaigners in your area, which can help fill your screening.

If successful, this initiative is intended to lay the foundations for a grassroots network of D-Word’ers all helping to get each other’s films out. At the very least, it'll be a great case study showing how to mobilise an international community, also revealing which tools and strategies worked for this purpose and which didn't.

Here you can register your interest to take part in the June 21 world wide screening day of I am Breathing: http://iambreathing.com/register

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