North Texas filmmaker teams up with local organizations to promote literacy through the arts and sports
The independent documentary film Comic Book Literacy will screen Saturday February 26, 2011, at 11:30 A.M. at the Dallas Museum of Art. The film showcases the utilization of comic books to promote literacy and education and features writers, artist and historians who speak on behalf of the often misunderstood medium.
Immediately after the screening there will be a Q & A panel led by Fanboy Radio’s Scott Hinze and featuring the film’s director Todd Kent as well as several comic book creators who appear in the film including Ben Dunn (Ninja High School), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) and James O’Barr (The Crow).
This program is presented in partnership with The Dallas Tennis Association’s USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning Program & Needed Influence of the Arts, in connection with their initiative to promote the awareness of a more creative approach for constructive and positive change for underprivileged children in Dallas through sports and the arts.
In December the collaborative efforts of these groups produced the Catalyst For Positive Change cartoon art workshop for Dallas inner city children. Images of the artwork will be shown at the screening.
This collaborative effort is also responsible for the upcoming graphic novel Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan which tells the true story of a group of Sudanese refugees who now reside in North Texas and their harrowing escape from their war torn homeland. This title and corresponding curriculum are featured in the documentary.
Comic Book Literacy won Best Documentary at the 2010 Phoenix Comicon and is currently touring the country, screening at various film festivals, comic book conventions and literacy events. This film is not yet rated (70 minutes). For more information about the film, upcoming screenings, and updates go to www.ComicBookLiteracy.com.
Special Thanks to the Following: City Square, Junior League of Dallas, T-Bar M and Vickery Meadows Foundation.