BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF AMERICA TO HOST AN EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM LEAST AMONG SAINTS AT
17 DIGIPLEX DESTINATIONS THEATERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON MAY 23
To honor and raise awareness for our nation’s veterans, a portion of the proceeds will benefit veteran organizations Give an Hour, The Gary Sinise Foundation,
and Operation Homefront
The film is now available for digital download at www.LeastAmongSaints.com
and via Video On Demand
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 9, 2013) – Kicking off the Memorial Day weekend on Thursday, May 23, the national mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Digiplex Destinations theaters (Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. - NasdaqCM: DCIN) will host a special screening event for the critically acclaimed film LEAST AMONG SAINTS in 17 cities nationwide at 7:00PM local time.The film focuses on a returning combat veteran’s struggle with the aftermath of his experiences during war and his quest for redemption through his service and compassion to an abandoned boy.
Beneficiaries of the screening event include veteran organizations The Gary Sinise Foundation, Operation Homefront, and Give an Hour,all of which provide vital services to members of the military returning home.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America are hosts of the screening event and recently announced a partnership with LEAST AMONG SAINTS that includes a generous donation from the producers of the film, sponsorship of its National Conference Alumni reception on June 26 in Denver, and events like this to help the nationwide mentoring organization reconnect with alumni Bigs, Littles, employees, board members and families.
The themes of compassion and mentoring found in the film provide a common thread of hope and healing, tying these organizations together in support of the screening event. Following the screening, the writer, producer, and star of the film Martin Papazian and Founder and President of Give an Hour, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, will have a Q&A at the Cranford, New Jersey Digiplex Destinations theater, which will be broadcast live to the other Digiplex Destinations locations.
The list of participating cities and online tickets for each theater can be found at www.digiplexdest.com. Digiplex Destinations provide consumers with a uniquely satisfying experience, combining the full promise of digital technology with engaging, dynamic content that far transcends traditional movies.
LEAST AMONG SAINTS tells the story of a combat veteran’s journey to redemption through his service to an orphaned boy. Following the successful theatrical run at AMC Theaters last fall, the critically acclaimed film was released May 3 on iNDemand’s Cable VOD Platforms (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications), and Vubiquity (AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, Brighthouse Communications, Charter Communications) as well as Dish Network. The film will also be available for digital download at Amazon On Demand, Apple iTunes, Microsoft XBox, and Sony Playstation. Links to rent or buy the film are available at the website: www.leastamongsaints.com.
The film will beavailable on DVD July 2 at retail outlets, including WalMart, Target, Best Buy, and others. The DVD will feature commentary by the director/writer/star Martin Papazian, as well as a number of featurettes and deleted scenes.
Coming home to a broken marriage and uncertain future, veteran Anthony Hayward (Papazian) thinks he’s at the end of his rope. But when his troubled ten-year-old neighbor, Wade (Tristan Lake Leabu), calls out for help, Hayward can’t seem to turn away. To the dismay of the boy’s embattled social worker (Laura San Giacomo), Hayward sets out on a fool’s quest to help this heartbroken but hard-to-reach child find his long-lost father, who might not even exist. Yet in the midst of this new mission – the first that seems to matter since his return -- Hayward begins to come to grips with both the costs of war and the universal power of human connection.
Described by Military.com as, "A movie that has the same impact on issues for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that Coming Home had for Vietnam vets," Papazian’s film has been raved about by veteran groups as an authentic portrait of one man’s struggle with the aftermaths of war and his quest for redemption.
LEAST AMONG SAINTS has been nominated for the prestigious “Healthy Imagination” Award from General Electric, was previously nominated for a 2013 PRISM award (feature film category) by the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), and recently won the Audience Award at the Sedona Film Festival.
More information about the film is available at www.leastamongsaints.com
ABOUT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single- or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn more at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.
ABOUT GIVE AN HOUR™
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, Give an Hour has approximately 6,700 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided over 82,000 hours of no-cost service, valued at more than $8.2 million. To learn more, visit www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.
ABOUT THE GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
The Gary Sinise Foundation serves the nation by honoring its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. By creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities, the foundation is committed to ensuring that the sacrifices of our brave men and women are never forgotten.
In 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation proudly partnered with Tunnel to Towers Foundation to create Building for America’s Bravest™, a program designed to construct custom Smart Homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans.
For the past decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have brought their explosive live shows to our nation's service members and their families. With the help of the band’s official sponsor, American Airlines, the Lt. Dan Band travels to cities and military bases around the world playing benefit concerts and boosting the morale of our military and first responders.
The Gary Sinise Foundation Relief & Resiliency Outreach program was established to provide complete support to military and first-responder families recovering from trauma and loss during their times of urgent need. In 2013, the foundation launched its Invincible Spirit Festivals to boost the morale and spirits of the patients, their families and the medical staff at military hospitals across the country.
Additionally, the Gary Sinise Foundation is showing its appreciation through Serving Heroes, a program that provides hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. Its Arts & Entertainment Outreach program providesdinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The Foundation also recently partnered with GE on their Get Skills to Work program. For more information, please visit www.GarySiniseFoundation.org
ABOUT OPERATION HOMEFRONT
OPERATION HOMEFRONT provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A nonprofit 501(c)(3), Operation Homefront has 22 locations serving 45 states nationwide and has met more than 740,000 needs of military families. For more information, please visit www.operationhomefront.net.
ABOUT DIGITAL CINEMA DESTINATIONS CORPORATION
Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. (NasdaqCM: DCIN) is Digiplex Destinations, dedicated to transforming its movie theaters into interactive entertainment centers. The Company provides consumers with uniquely satisfying experiences, combining state-of-the-art digital technology with engaging, dynamic content that far transcends traditional cinematic fare. The Company's customers enjoy live Opera, Ballet, Broadway shows, sports events, concerts and, on an ongoing basis, the very best major motion pictures. Digiplex operates 18 cinemas and 178 screens in Arizona, CA, CT, Ohio, PA, and NJ. You can connect with Digiplex via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogger. Digiplex is also a partner in DigiNext, a unique, specialty content joint venture (with Nehst) featuring curated content from festivals around the world. DigiNext releases typically include innovative live Q&A sessions between the audience and cast members. (www.diginextfilms.com)
The following Digiplex Destinations will screen LEAST AMONG SAINTS on May 23:
Digiplex Surprise Pointe 14
Digiplex Apple Valley
Digiplex Mission Marketplace
Digiplex Mission Valley
Digiplex River Village
Digiplex Temecula Tower Cinemas
Digiplex Lisbon 12
Digiplex Sparta Theatre
Digiplex Solon Cinema 16
Digiplex Cinema Center - Bloomsburg
Digiplex Cinema Center - Camp Hill
Digiplex Cinema Center - Fairgrounds Square
Digiplex Cinema Center - Selinsgrove
Digiplex Cinema Center - Williamsport
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