A Nice Surprise!

We were very happy to be selected for screening at the Peak City Film Festival in Apex, North Carolina and are thrilled to learn we are a semi-finalist for the film festival! This year’s festival will be streamed in late September because of COVID19 restrictions.

The 6th annual Peak City International Film Festival (known as PCIFF-Take 6) is an international film, TV, and Web festival specifically for producers of teenage and family friendly content. Productions are judged on their entertainment value, artistic merit, and excellence of technique in the various trades and crafts necessary to create media stories. This festival allows stories for family members of all ages in TV, short, or long format or music video productions to inspire and to provide networking opportunities for those in development, pre-production, post-production and distribution.

We produced this film as a passionate and inspirational story about how nine young people and their families conquer the reading difference called dyslexia. When my husband and I first learned that our daughter was dyslexic, we scoured the world for resources. We found photos of what part of the brain dyslexia “comes from,” learned all of the “fixes,” and found the names of organizations and professional who might “diagnose” and “help” her. This was in 2003-2004. All of the content we found was cold and clinical when we wanted someone to tell us everything was going to be o.k.

And then we compared my daughter’s educational testing results with my husband’s results from the early 1970s, and learned he was dyslexic too. Yes, there can be a genetic component to dyslexia. This was the beginning of making the connections that would become so important to this passion project as we “raised” Faith.

Thank you to the wonderful judges and administrators of this festival, the town of Apex, North Carolina, and the residents of Apex, for supporting the film industry.

This early experience propelled our film and our journey as a family. As Faith’s mother and a producing participant with her in the production, I had the opportunity of exploring the uniqueness that made my daughter and husband tick, while becoming a better mother, partner, filmmaker and educator. In addition, Faith’s participation as a young media producer and interviewer created a comfortable, authentic and safe environment for honest discussion and portrayal of this experience. We grew authentically closer through the filmmaking experience and this exploration has helped me understand this learning difference much more clearly. We are proud to be advocates for dyslexia awareness.