News & Events
A free screening of Shooting Beauty will be held at UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA at 8:30 pm in Mahar Auditorium as part of Disability Awareness Week. This week is being hosted by Pi Kappa Phi's philanthropy, Push America, a nonprofit charity dedicated to serving people with disabilities. George Kachadorian, director of Shooting Beauty, will be Skyped in after the screening for a Q&A! Visit Pi Kappa Phi's Facebook page for more information on the event.
Shooting Beauty in collaboration with the Best Buddies chapter of the CAB Calloway School of the Arts was the focus of a day long event aimed at raising awareness around language & disability and promoting a culture of respect. After seeing Shooting Beauty at the Best Buddies National Leadership Conference, Christine Allen, student and president of Best Buddies at CAB Calloway worked with Erin S ullivan, teacher and founder of the chapter, to bring Courtney and Shooting Beauty to their school. Courtney visited classes and presented the film which received a standing ovation from the 850 students and staff. It was a honor to be part of this event. Thank you CAB Calloway!
Shooting Beauty received a generous grant from the Fledgling Fund to support three, day long launch events for the Shooting Beauty Girl Scouts Patch Program. The overarching goal of the patch program is to use the film, Shooting Beauty, and the Shooting Beauty Patch Program book which was co-created by Courtney Bent, Bethany Stark and Andrea LaVant, Inclusion Specialist for the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital, to empower girls to embrace their individuality which we believe is an essential component for becoming stronger leaders as well stronger advocates for a more inclusive society. The day long events included a screening of Shooting Beauty, activities that challanged girls' concepts of beauty as well as booths from local orgainzations that serve individuals with disabilities. To date over 1,000 Girl Scouts have earned their Shooting Beauty Patch and we can't wait to see how many more do!!
Courtney travelled to Houston to be part of the ReelAbilities Houston Film Festival and to conduct a Shooting Beauty Workshop at the Celebration Company, an organization that provides individuals with disability an entry into the workplace. Shooting Beauty and the photographs from the workshop were featured closing night of the festival at the Museum of Fine Arts. Courtney and her nine photographers were followed for the day by a writer and photographer from the Houston Chronicle. Congratulations to all our new Shooting Beauty photographers!
FEBRUARY 28TH AT 6PM Watertown Public Library (open to the public)
123 Main St Watertown, MA 02472
MARCH 6TH AT 8:30 AM Cab Calloway School of the Arts
1502 Spruce Avenue
Wilmington DE 19805
MARCH 7TH AT 7 PM Lock Haven University Greenburg Auditorium
Lock Haven, PA
MARCH 18TH AT 7P San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
MARCH 21ST at 7 PM Wingate University, Wingate, NC
Recital Hall of the Batte Center
If you happen to be in the Lone Star State, join us for a screening of Shooting Beauty at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb. 13, 6:30pm as part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival. Courtney will be in attendance at the screening and photos from her most recent Shooting Beauty Photo Workshop for individuals with disabilities will be shown. For more info & tickets click here.
As part of Dialogue on Disability, WXXI is proud to present two free screenings of Shooting Beauty at the Little Theatre.
Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, is a week-long outreach initiative designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Shooting Beauty kicks off No Boundaries Week created by U.C.'s Push America's foundering fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi in efforts to raise disability awareness throughout the UC community. Thanks so much to Kenny, Zach and all the brothers at Pi Kappa Phi for their incredible committment to the cause and for making this event possible!
Please visit our partners page to learn more about Push America & Pi Kappa Phi and to see the amazing things they do!
George Kachadorian, Director of Shooting Beauty, Skypes in for a post screening discussion as part of a special screening of Shooting Beauty at the New York State Rehabilitation Association's Annual 'Rehabilitation Summit'. Thanks so much to the NYSRA crew for making this possible!
For 4 days, Courtney worked with the students and staff at Ivy Street to help bring photography to their school community. The Ivy Street School provides residential and educational treatment for adolescents with brain injuries and other neurological difficulties. Our 13 students were incredible to work with and they took some truly amazing pictures. Come see the results of their work, Nov. 1, at the annual gala hosted by Ivy Street School. Keep your eyes posted for more details!