I know it’s short notice, but I only just got the details about this today.
This Friday, Feb 27th, there will be a free screening of the documentary “Darius Goes West” at 7 pm at the South Towne Expo Center, Room 200.
The film has won 28 film festival awards to date, and has raised $1.5 million for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
Summary from IMDB:
“Darius Weems, a 15-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, had never left his hometown of Athens, Georgia. In the summer of 2005, he and a group of young college students traveled across the country in a wheelchair-accessible RV to test accessibility in the United States. Their ultimate goal was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s hit show, “Pimp My Ride,” to customize Darius’s wheelchair. Along the way, they found joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.”
I’m proud to say that my step-brother, Kevin Wier, was one of the young men who accompanied his friend Darius on this trip, and that I was one of the many contributors who helped fund the trip.
Darius himself and the crew will be at the screening.
There’s also a nice clip from the Today Show.
For those of you in other parts of the country, watch for it in your area. It’s really a wonderful thing that these kids did.