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The Boarder: Foster Parent Association Brings Movie Premiere to Washington County, MD
Hagerstown, MD - The award winning author/screenwriter Jane E. Ryan announced her excitement to have the opportunity to bring her new movie THE BOARDER to Hagerstown, MD, before it hits theaters nationwide. Tickets will go on sale on August 1st for the motion picture premiere, which takes place at the Leitersburg Cinemas on August 25th at 2pm. Proceeds from the movie will be donated to Washington County League of Foster and Adoptive Families to help bring more therapeutic and diagnostic services to traumatized children and families.
Hollywood’s young extraordinary star, Andy Scott Harris, plays Carl and appears with Leslie Stevens, Carlton Wilborn and Dee Wallace as Elizabeth. (Wallace gained fame as the mother, in the movie “ET: Extra-Terrestrial”).
THE BOARDER, an independent, feature film, is the first movie that approaches issues experienced by ever increasing numbers of transplanted, foster or adopted children from a different and fresh perspective. Inspired by true-life events THE BOARDER is the sobering story of the Williams family and the process of learning to cope with an adopted child with a history of early trauma who all-too-soon demonstrates unique and frightening behaviors within the family.
An adoptive mother, Jane Ryan is the author of Broken Spirits Lost Souls, a non-fiction book which offers a clear view of the effects of bonding interruptions due to neglect and/or abuse. Thanks to the success of her first book, Ryan wrote the award-winning screenplay entitled “The Boarder”, and then a novel of the same name, which demonstrates the long-term effects of trauma in early life in a most vivid, personal way - as seen from within the arms of a family desperate to understand and help their disturbed son.
Maryland Foster/Adoptive parents, Dan and Tina Hall of Hagerstown, continue to work with the Ryan Institute for Family Health to bring new and timely information about trauma-based illnesses to the world and to increase awareness about an ultimately preventable and treatable disorder known as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). After years of searching, the Hall’s discovered that their beloved community was lacking in educational opportunities and therapeutic resources needed to identify, support and treat thousands of traumatized children and adults in their county. The tedious search for information about trauma related disorders came at a huge price for the Hall’s, as one of their adopted children suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder along with significant attachment issues.
Dan Hall stated, “I remember seeing the trailer for THE BOARDER for the first time last fall. I sat with shivers running up and down my spine and remember thinking, ‘Oh my God!, that’s us! We live this movie every day in our house.’ As I wiped away my tears, I was certain that this movie has the power to change lives.” After catching his breath, Hall continued, “You think super heroes don’t exist? I look at my wife every single day and see how she moves the spirits in our five children. Tina’s drive, commitment, and dedication to see the best in everyone touches me every day. Our daughter with RAD is a true hero! She reminds us of how vulnerable our children are and what can happen to severely damaged children. Her presence motivates us to find help for her and for families like ours within our community.”
The costs of continuing to close our eyes and to ignore this disorder which is increasing exponentially are extremely painful emotionally, physically, and monetarily. For families who are learning to love these special needs children, attempting to find the appropriate and gentle care needed for healing is a heart wrenching process. Without the education THE BOARDER provides those interested in children’s issues and the therapeutic approach the Ryan Institute for Family Health offers, families will continue to be left in the dark with few options but to put their unmanageable children back into an already flooded foster and adoptive care systems and be penalized by having to pay exorbitant child support while their disturbed youngsters are in care. All are penalties that are exacted from families still suffering are too hard and last too long.
There will be 2 showings of THE BOARDER at Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, MD. on Saturday, August 25, 2012—2:00PM and 7:00PM. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with Writer/Executive Producer Jane Elizabeth Ryan, Director Jolene Adams, actor Andy Scott Harris (Carl), along with Dan & Tina Hall. Each screening is expected to sell out.
Tickets go on sale on August 1, 2012 on the http://www.leitersburgcinemas.com website and are $15 online or $20 at the door. To watch the trailer, please visit http://www.theboardermovie.com.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the movie premiere, assisting with hotel rooms for the visiting cast and crew, and also providing meal assistance.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau works with television and film production companies, serving as the local film office. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown and Washington County, see: http://www.marylandmemories.com.
Please contact Dan Hall at (703) 609-4841 with any questions or concerns.