Bruce Dickinson, the Iron Maiden frontman who used to be a commercial airline pilot, is teaching UK residents with disabilities to fly.Dickinson is working with The Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP), a charity created in the memory of flying ace Douglas Bader, a pilot who lost his legs in an aeroplane accident yet continued as a fighter pilot in World War II.Each year, FSDP provides scholarships to selected applicants with varying disabilities as a way to challenge and inspire them, to focus attention on their abilities rather than everything that they cannot do. The results show improvement in self confidence, outlook and future aspirations.“You gave my son faith in himself and the future,” says the father of one of the scholars.Another scholar was surprised by the course participants: “A bunch of interesting, gutsy people who had been thrown a stinking hand in life and come through fighting. Every one of them had turned down the offer of a bland future, filled with disappointment and disability aids, and come in search of something more”.Nearly 400 people have been awarded a flying scholarship with FSDP since its beginnings in 1983. Dickinson is one of FSDP’s Vice Patrons.Find out more here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, celebrated its 50th anniversary of inspiring children to read, learn and grow by hosting a virtual birthday party at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, D.C.Jordin Sparks reads with a student from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School during Reading Is Fundamental’s 50th AnniversaryCredit/Copyright: Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Reading Is FundamentalAward-winning singer and actress, Jordin Sparks; passionate advocate, actor and musician, Tray Chaney; and notable children’s author, Tara Lazar joined D.C. Council Members, parents, and DC Public School officials to commemorate the milestone. The event featured live performances, a Happy Birthday sing along, a children’s story read aloud and birthday cake for fourth grade students. In addition, all of the students at the school received birthday-inspired activities and free books, including Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You! and Tara Lazar’s Normal Norman. The anniversary celebration was sponsored by State Farm, who made a $10,000 donation for books for the school library.“Since 1966, RIF has been an important and influential voice in support of children’s literacy and, in partnership with a grassroots network of hundreds of thousands of RIF volunteers in schools and communities nationwide, we have impacted the lives of more than 40 million children,” noted Alicia Levi, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “Communities and government officials across the country took part in today’s celebration by issuing a RIF Day Proclamation to recognize the amazing impact RIF has on the lives of children.”The story of RIF began a half a century ago with a simple yet innovative idea – deliver free books to children who don’t have one to call their own. Since Margaret McNamara first founded RIF in 1966, the organization has become an important and influential voice in support of children’s literacy.“I love to read books and as a child, I would stay up way past my bedtime and read in my bed with a flashlight,” said Jordin Sparks. “Having the opportunity to inspire the students at Amidon-Bowen and others of all ages who tuned in proves to show just how much I believe in Reading Is Fundamental’s mission. I am incredibly honored to support them.”“I am a huge fan of Reading is Fundamental and the work they do to improve reading skills for kids,” noted actor and musician Tray Chaney. “As a father, I know first-hand the importance of reading aloud to children and helping them discover the adventures found in a good book. I truly believe we can all make a difference in the lives of young people simply by reading together.”“As a children’s author, I know not every child has a book at home to read. That’s why it was so much fun to see the kids dive in to the free books they received as part of Reading Is Fundamental’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said Normal Norman author, Tara Lazar. “Ensuring kids have access to books is vitally important to setting them on a path to read and learn and I’m so glad to be part of RIF’s rich legacy.”For schools and community organizations who were not able to join in the live broadcast, a recorded version is available on RIF.org/50. Parents, teachers and program coordinators can continue the emphasis on literacy by downloading free birthday-theme literacy activities to extend learning. In addition, book lovers can promote reading by taking an online pledge to read books to a special child in your life and downloading RIF’s free 50 e-book library provided by ustyme. Normal Norman books were supplied by Sterling Publishing and Happy Birthday to You! books were supplied by Penguin Random House to all the students at Amidon-Bowen to own and take home.
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The winner will be awarded a $41,000 prize package that includes $1,000 cash and a $40,000 production package with a $10,000 post production credit from Encore Vancouver, a $10,000 studio credit, a $10,000 lighting and grip credit and a $10,000 camera credit from SIM. Additionally, they will receive the opportunity to meet privately with each jury member to receive invaluable feedback and advice.The Power Pitch application deadline is September 20 at 11:59pm PST. The program is open to Canadian producers with scripted feature projects. Eligible projects will include a full script, character outline, synopsis, and project summary, along with casting and budget aspirations submitted with the application.The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges support for Power Pitch from Creative BC, CMPA, Encore Vancouver and SIM.From December 4 to 8, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 19th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. WFF’s online box office is open for early bird passes, and early bird accommodation and travel rates are available. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Whistler, B.C. (August 7, 2019) – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Power Pitch program. The two-step workshop and pitch competition that takes place during WFF’s Content Summit from December 5 to 7 offers Canadian producers the opportunity to bring their feature film project to life with a $41,000 production prize on the line.“With the world of feature filmmaking undergoing unprecedented change, producers are looking for new ways to elevate their creative projects,” says Angela Heck, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “WFF’s Power Pitch program is a tremendous opportunity to gain invaluable business skills, captivate an audience of industry decision makers and accelerate the process.”Power Pitch finalists will participate in an intensive workshop and training under the direction of LA-based industry veteran and pitch master, Carole Kirschner. As the Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program and CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Kirschner had previously acted as a development executive at CBS and VP of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment Television. She will advise participants on the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch their project. Following the workshop, one-on-one sessions with Kirschner and a day to prep, finalists will have six minutes to pitch their feature film to three senior executives from recognized international sales companies, who will provide feedback on the quality and marketability of the projects presented, and select the winning project. Login/Register With: