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     DARIUS GOES WEST: THE ROLL OF HIS LIFE
USA, 2006, 94 mins, Color

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Director: Logan Smalley
Original Music: Logan Smalley
Cinematographers: John Hadden, Dylan Wilson
Editors: Jarred Cole, Allison Firor, Logan Smalley Sound
Department: Jason Hees, Collin Shepley
Cast: Darius Weems, Andrew carson, Daniel Epting, John Hadden, John Harmon

www.dariusgoeswest.com


AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER 2007 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Where would you go if you’d never been away from home? What would you do if you didn’t have much time left? DARIUS WENT WEST! Meet 15-year-old Darius Weems from Athens, Georgia, who was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystro-phy (DMD), the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children worldwide. In 1999, he watched his beloved older brother, Mario, pass away from the same disease at age 19. Soon after, Darius lost use of the muscles in his legs and had to use a wheelchair to get around. A group of Darius’s college-age friends decided there was no need for his quality of life to disintegrate along with his muscles. In the summer of 2005, they rented a wheelchair-accessible RV and took Darius, who had never seen mountains, the ocean or even crossed a state line, on the adventure of a lifetime. The ultimate goal of their 7,000-mile cross-country journey was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s hit show “Pimp My Ride” to customize Darius’s wheelchair. Along the way, they evaluated wheelchair accessibility in America, celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and raised awareness of DMD—particularly among a generation not familiar with Jerry Lewis. They also found joy, brotherhood and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.
    --http://www.dariusgoeswest.com/press.html
Logan Smalley

Logan Smalley, 24, grew up in Athens, Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a degree in Special Education. Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life is his first feature film. At 13, Logan was volunteering at Project REACH, a summer camp for children with special needs, when he first met Darius. At the time, Darius was still fully mobile “shooting baskets with a pretty good lay-up for a five-year-old." Since then, the two kept in close touch, going to movies, playing video games, and watching TV together. In fact, it was while watching the MTV's automotive makeover show, Pimp My Ride, that Logan came up with an idea: If they could spruce up old vans and beat-up cars, why not Darius's wheelchair? During Logan's 8-year affiliation with Project REACH and while serving as a long-term substitute teacher at Clarke Central High School, he created and directed several video vignettes involving children with special needs. In 2004, Logan completed a 12-week study abroad program through the University of Georgia at the Cannes Film Festival. Logan plays piano, harmonica and the musical saw. He composed the music for Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life. 

 
Showings
06/9/07 02:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/10/07 11:30 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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