June 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
DONATE LIFE AMERICA TO CO-PRODUCE THE WISH – A STORY OF HOPE, FAITH AND GENEROSITY – WITH CME FILMS
RICHMOND, VA – As part of its commitment to increasing the number of lifesaving and healing transplants, Donate Life America is partnering with the Georgia-based independent film production company, Creative Media Entertainment (CME) Films, to produce the dramatic and inspirational film, The Wish – A Story of Hope, Faith and Generosity. Written by CME Films’ Founder and Director Ty Manns, The Wish is a faith-based film about a beloved high school teacher’s kidney failure and her struggles as she awaits the kidney transplant she needs to save her life. The project is organized through the CME Films SAVE1000™ non-profit partnership platform, which specializes in producing entertaining “call-to-action” films and video content.
Commenting on the announcement, Ty Manns said, “We’re very grateful to Donate Life America. The missions of SAVE1000 and Donate Life America mesh perfectly, and the opportunity to work with an organization invested in saving and healing lives is a true blessing.”
David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America said, “We are thrilled to be working with Ty and CME Films to bring the inspiring message of donation and generosity to multicultural and interfaith audiences by combining dramatic storytelling with public engagement. The flexibility and reach of digital media will ensure a wide variety of audiences in schools, churches and community organizations will hear the powerful message this film carries. We are confident this initiative will motivate more people to give the gift of life and register their decision to become organ, eye and tissue donors.”
When asked about what he hopes the film will achieve, Manns added, “The central focus of the film is to entertain, educate and inspire viewers to take action by registering as donors and perhaps even considering living donation. Because nearly 40% of those currently awaiting kidney transplants are minorities, and most suitable matches are often from the same ethnic group, the need for more registered donors within minority communities is clear. We pray that the audience will enjoy the film and be encouraged to think about how they can help others through donation.”
The film will be directed by Manns, produced in Columbus, Georgia and released in November 2014 for National Donor Sabbath and Thanksgiving, when families focus on blessings that they have and can give to others.
About Donate Life AmericaDonate Life America is a 501(c)3 not–for-profit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to saving and healing lives through increased organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America, with the help of its corporate partners is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Our vision is a nation that embraces organ, eye and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate LifeSM, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries; developing and executing effective multimedia donor education programs, and motivating the American public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
About CME Films and SAVE1000™
SAVE1000™ is a fiscally sponsored, non-profit partnership platform which, by combining dramatic storytelling with public engagement, specializes in producing entertaining “call-to-action” films and video content. www.save1000.org
CME Films is a Columbus, Georgia based, minority/disabled veteran owned, full-service feature film and video content production company with the ability and capabilities to facilitate every phase of pre-production, principal-production and post-production film & video services. www.creativemeadia1.com
Aaron Kelchner, Donate Life America
Angel Terron, CME Films