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Donate Life Hollywood Inaugurates Film Festival - June 13
Date:6/2/2009

Created to Laud Accurate Storylines, Counter Misconceptions About Organ Donation

'ER,' 'Brothers and Sisters,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Seven Pounds' Among Honorees

LOS ANGELES, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Donate Life Film Festival debuts Saturday, June 13, at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, featuring inspiring stories of lives saved through organ donation in television and film, with informative and entertaining panels of screenwriters and surgeons.

"Donate Life Hollywood created this festival to draw attention to inspiring and dramatic stories in a proactive and positive way and to fill a niche. We knew there were people out there who were producing films and TV shows about the topic, but we were amazed at the response to our call-for-submissions," said Tenaya Wallace, Donate Life Hollywood campaign director. "It proves that there is enough drama in real life donation and transplant stories without sensationalizing the topic with organs-for-sale and black market storylines."

Recent research by Dr. Susan Morgan at Purdue University provides evidence that inaccurate storylines about organ donation keep people from registering as donors. With over 102,000 people currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and 18 people dying every day because of a shortage of donated organs, these storylines could literally be costing lives.

The Donate Life Film Festival kicks off with an invitation-only VIP reception on Friday, June 12, hosted by Slamdance Film Festival founders Peter Baxter, Shane Kuhn and Daniel Mirvish. Kuhn's two sisters died while waiting for heart transplants. Mirvish's mother is a board member of the Nebraska Donate Life Coalition whose family friend has been living with a transplanted heart for 22 years.

The Festival's four screenings and two writer-producer panels on Saturday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., are open t
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