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HEAL Film Camp with Joey Travolta produced by FilmLab. Contact World Arts Education for more information (904) 249-9333.
FILM CAMP NEWS ::
WRAPPED FOR ANOTHER YEAR! Film camp was absolutely fabulous again! Thanks to all of our Campers & Families for your love and support! As independent producers and artists it has been our honor to work with you all. It's has truly been a remarkable and inspiring 4 years. Look forward to seeing you all again in the future ...at the Movies! ~Karen and the Crew
ANNOUNCING SCREENING: World Premiere of HFN (HEAL Family Network) the 2011 film camp movie is on! Come see what all the excitement is all about!
Saturday, January 14th, 1:00 pm at University of North Florida Student Union, Bldg. 58W, 2nd floor auditorium. Doors open at 12:45. Open to the public.
Tickets at the door are $5.00 as a suggested donation to the HEAL Foundation.
Campers plus one guest and Camp Volunteers are free, check-in guest list will be at the door! We know who you are!
With our gratitude to all our sponsors and friends!
"FLUX-CAM" Check out Autism Service Dog's point of view...
Lights! Camera! Action! Teens are blogging!
We are having an incredible time at camp! Everyone please go to
HEAL Film Camp with Joey Travolta facebook page to see the fun!
HEALING EVERY AUTISTIC LIFE | HEAL FILM CAMP 2011 | FILMLAB MDI HOLDINGS Presenting Sponsor 2011
Press Release - March 2011
MDI Holdings, Inc. Presents HEAL Film Camp 2011
HEAL/Travolta Film Camp Returns to First Coast
Hollywood Director Joey Travolta and FilmLab Productions to Produce HEAL's Inclusion Film Camp for Kids at University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida...This summer, Hollywood film director Joey Travolta will conduct a two-week filmmaking camp for children on the autism spectrum, sponsored by MDI Holdings, Inc. and the HEAL Foundation (HealAutismNow.org) in collaboration with UNF.
Located on the UNF campus, June 20 - July 1st, up to 50 young people, ages 10 through 17 years old, 30 of whom are on the autism spectrum and 20 who are siblings and peers, will participate in hands-on activities like acting, writing, producing, and directing to result in a 30-minute short film, made by the young filmmakers. This year Travolta has added animation to the fun and will bring protege, Dani Bowman, a 15 yr old girl with autism spectrum disorder, to teach the campers how to create animated art on their computers.
Travolta's successful film camp format, being produced for the fourth time in Florida by Karen Sadler with her company FilmLab Productions providing all creative and production services. The film team is set to document the campers' day-to-day experiences and includes the making of a "yet to be announced" narrative spoof.
As a result of donations by the sponsors, the camp will be offered at no charge. Campers are nominated by teachers and therapists in Duval, St. Johns and Jacksonville's surrounding
Media please contact Karen Sadler
Find more information about autism and other programs sponsored by
The HEAL Foundation (Healing Every Autistic Life)
Thank You from FilmLab to HEAL, MDI and UNF for Your Support of the Arts! We Look Forward to the Future Your Commitment is Making Possible for the Children and Families of North Florida
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MORE ABOUT OUR FILM CAMP SPONSORS ::
MDI Holdings, Inc. Presenting Sponsor
The company is made up of Medical Partners America (MPA), which builds custom provider networks for self-insured companies, Reassure Technologies International (RTI), which provides software
auditing services to healthcare markets, and MDI Government Healthcare Services (GHS), which builds custom provider networks for county, state and federal governments. Founded in 1992, the
company has more than 200 employees and is headquartered in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
University of North Florida, Collaborative Sponsor
HEAL Foundation, Founding Sponsor
Founded by Bobby and Leslie Weed in collaboration with noted pediatrician Dr. Julie Buckley, all parents of children with Autism. The HEAL Foundation, a non-profit based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is dedicated to supporting the families of children diagnosed with autism. The Foundation is predicated on five conceptual pillars: Education, Awareness, Treatment, Research and Prevention.
Thanks Joey! Starting the countdown for the next one! Jacksonville wants a year-round program! Let's do it!
Special thank you to Sneakers Sports Grille and Restaurant in Jax Beach! Great Volunteer Party!!!! ...and thanks to the Holiday Inn I-95 Baymeadows!
PARENTS, TEACHERS & THERAPISTS
Campers are considered for enrollment by nomination process only. Teachers or therapists in Duval, St. Johns and surrounding counties can request forms to be sent by mail in March or join our email list to receive forms, updates and link to web info.
Get updates for next year's film camps and other new programs!!!
The HEAL Zoo Walk for Autism :: NEWS!
HEAL Film Camp "ALL-STARS" Zoo Walk Team raised over $2000 for the HEAL Foundation! Thanks Film Campers! Yay!
All new programs are produced by FILMLAB for WORLD ARTS EDUCATION for more information on the camp and other programs for your own community (904) 249-9333.
LINKS TO PRESS CLIPS:
JACKSONVILLE.COM "Joey Travolta hosts film camp..."
CBS 47 ACTION NEWS "Hollywood director helps autistic campers"
BEACHES SHORELINES "Kids have fun learning film making at camp for children with autism"
It's a challenge for 18-year-old Jessica Luksic to talk to people whom she doesn't know well, or to make eye contact with them even if she does.
She has autism, a disorder that can cause social awkwardness and communication problems.
But thanks to the Healing Every Autistic Life [HEAL] Film Camp at the University of North Florida, she had opportunities to interact with many people of all ages during the past two weeks.
She also learned a lot about producing, directing, editing and acting in films. She starred in one too, under the direction of actor/director/producerJoey Travolta, brother of actor John Travolta.
See an excerpt from the original documentary...
1:22 trailer/:60 PSA
Free To Be Me (running time: 21 minutes)
World Premiere at the Jacksonville Film Festival 2009
Northeastern Premiere at The Garden State Film Festival 2010
A short documentary that follows a group of kids ages 10-17, most of whom are on the autism spectrum, during a two-week filmmaking camp with Director Joey Travolta in Jacksonville Florida.
The film goes behind-the-scenes during the making of three public service announcements for autism awareness; written, acted, directed and produced by the campers. Travolta, who is acclaimed for his film work with developmentally disabled individuals, worked with producer, Karen Sadler of FilmLab Productions, to create the project for the HEAL Foundation (Healing Every Autistic Life) benefiting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their siblings and typical peers.
The story of the HEAL Film Camp shows how a group of kids working with a team of Hollywood film professionals, University of North Florida volunteers, and a community of families, can inspire the world by creating short films of their own.
A FILMLAB Production