“More To Live For” to screen at the Gig Harbor Film Festival

A film that I have been waiting (and waiting, and waiting) to get a chance to see will finally be screening in the Pacific Northwest.

The documentary More To Live For will be screened at the Gig Harbor Film Festival. The official screening date has yet to be announced, but the festival is slated to run October 14 through the 16th.

For those who haven’t read my previous posts on the documentary, here is a description from the More To Live For website:

“More to Live For” (Director Noah Hutton) is the story of three lives, all shaken by cancer and dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match that could save them. These individuals are similar only in their fate and prolific accomplishments: Michael Brecker-15-time Grammy winner, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale entertainment executive and founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation, the largest music centric cancer charity in the world and Seun Adebiyi, a young Nigerian training to become the first ever Nigerian Winter Olympic athlete in any sport.

Their unrelated paths become connected in a desperate fight for survival and a singular mission: to bring awareness about bone marrow donation to the millions of people who could save a life today. A film of tragedy and loss, strength and hope. “More to Live For” presents the stories of three individuals facing life and death, and their commitment to making a difference. These deeply personal accounts of confronting illness will inspire hope and action, leaving the viewer empowered to become part of the cure.”

Funds raised by the film will go to organizing bone marrow drives around the world (over 100 are already set for 2010), will set up the first ever bone marrow registry in Nigeria, and will Spread the awareness that becoming a donor is as easy as a cotton swab in the cheek and to donate is like giving platelets or plasma.

As I have written before, the loss of saxophonist Michael Brecker was not only a huge loss to the jazz world, but also a personal loss to me, as his playing was a massive influence on my musical life.

To find out more information about the film, check out www.moretoliveforfilm.com, and you can receive updates about the film via Twitter at http://twitter.com/M2L4.

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