FOCUS Film Festival’s Screening of STRONG LOVE

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Join FOCUS Film Festival for a film screening of STRONG LOVE on Thursday, November 3, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at Shasta College, Room #802. Meet the film’s stars Jon Shapiro and Holly James and Bill and Dixie James at a QA and book signing following the show. FREE Admission and free parking (East lot only, 6 to 9 p.m.)

This event is co-presented by Shasta County Coordinating Council, Shasta County SELPA Community Advisory Committee and Shasta College DSPS. Made possible through a generous grant from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities Area Board II.

About the film: STRONG LOVE is the story of world-class weightlifter Jon Shapiro and his childhood sweetheart Holly James, both of whom were born with Down syndrome. This documentary follows the couple over the course of three years, starting with their decision to get married. Their challenges, their triumphs, and their complex, sometimes surprising relationships with family and friends are at the heart of this inspiring film.

Bonnie Burt Productions, 57 minutes + QA.

FOCUS Film Festival explores documentary and feature films which “focus” on and examine the complexity of the human experience: culture, relationships, aging, disability, and more. The Festival features productions from a wide range of sources bringing Northstate audiences an opportunity to experience innovation, creativity, and diverse perspectives through the medium of film.

FOCUS Film Festival is a project of Far Northern Regional Center. For more information go to: or contact Mary Ann Weston, Festival Director, 221-9530.

What: STRONG LOVE Film Screening
When: Thursday, November 3, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Shasta College, Room #802
Cost: FREE!

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