Los Angeles, CA, March 06, 2013 –(PR.com)– Film distribution company World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (World Wide) is coordinating efforts with book publisher Scholastic (www.scholastic.com) to raise awareness for childhood cancers through the award-winning feature film, Ways to Live Forever (www.waystoliveforevermovie.com). Slated for nationwide release this summer, the inspirational picture is based on the award-winning novel by British author Sally Nicholls, which was published in the U.S. by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, in 2008. In the book, a spunky 12-year-old named Sam and his best friend/fellow leukemia patient, Felix, embark on a poignant and sometimes-humorous quest to achieve their dreams, answer their burning questions about life, and grow up fast. In anticipation of the picture, Scholastic is publishing a movie tie-in ebook edition of the novel (available from major book retailers as well as from Scholastic on Storia®) on Friday, March 1.
“Ways to Live Forever is one of those bittersweet books that make you grateful to be alive, and make you look at your own kids with renewed and fierce appreciation,” said Arthur A. Levine, VP, Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books. “We are so proud to be the U.S. publisher of Sally Nicholls’ incredibly moving debut.”
Ways to Live Forever stars critically acclaimed actors Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, The Truth About Cats & Dogs), Greta Scacchi (The Player; Emma), Robbie Kay (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Alex Etel (The Water Horse), Emilia Fox (Pride And Prejudice – BBC), and Ella Purnell (Intruders; Never Let Me Go). The growing list of international awards includes: Best Feature Film from the European Children’s Film Association, Best Picture at the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema, the Heartland Film Festival Audience Award, and the Jury Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
A portion of the box office proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the numerous other cancer-related organizations and charitable foundations that have teamed up with World Wide to support both the picture and its important message. For a more complete listing, visit the “Supporters” tab on the film’s official website.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Scholastic to bring both this heartwarming tale and its important message to North American audiences,” offers Paul D. Hancock, President and CEO of World Wide. “We’re also pleased to announce that author Sally Nicholls is supporting the film via her social media, including her official website: www.sallynicholls.com.”
Founded in 1977, World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (www.wwmpc.com) is a diversified company with shareholders throughout the world, primarily involved in the development, financing, production and distribution of feature films, documentaries, short subjects, industrials and television productions. World Wide’s industry executives and board members have produced, distributed and consulted on a wide variety of film and television projects, earning Academy awards, Emmy awards, and prizes from international film festivals.
Kelli M. Larson
World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation