The film festival run of “Right Footed” started at the Portland Film Festival and — there’s no end in sight. We’re stunned at the reaction to the film, which is now slated to be in 22 film festivals through November. By then it will have been seen in sixteen states, Canada and Italy. Jessica Cox and Patrick are doing their best to keep up with the film, and this weekend they’ll be making a personal appearance at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival in Massachusetts, followed the week after by appearances at the Hollywood Film Festival and Catalina Film Festival in Los Angeles. It’s an exhausting run and in many ways it’s just started — and it’s obvious that they can’t be at every event. Fortunately there’s such a thing as Skype and Google Hangout, so it’s just possible that while some audiences may not get to meet Jessica in person, they will still get to do a little Q&A with her. Director Nick Spark is also attending festivals, and just learned he’ll be an “artist in residence” at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November.
While showing the film to audiences at festivals is important, we’ve known all along that our film can have a special impact on children with disabilities and their families. It’s been gratifying to have attendees who the film can really touch, and a terrific experience for Jessica to be able to reach out at screening events. Down the line we’ll be hoping to make an even bigger impact through the implementation of a sign-up in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty. Jessica’s been heavily involved in the campaign to see it ratified and, along with Handicap International USA, we’re hoping to activate our audience to help in that cause. Stay tuned!