We at World Wide Motion Pictures are pleased to inform our friends, associates, and shareholders around the world that the arrangement the company recently entered into with Kanopy LLC of San Francisco has resulted in successful sales of the recently released films, WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER and THE NIGHTINGALE. Kanopy is a specialized sub-distributor concentrating on the closed caption, closed circuit presentation of film and television product directly streamed into classrooms and local and national library systems around the world.
Students and faculty at several Ivy League Universities such as Yale University, Duke University, and Stanford University, have taken a liking to our feature films. Along with many other respected institutions across the country such as The New York Public Library, World Wide is connecting directly through Kanopy. “Having an additional Marketing Window specifically for universities and library systems will be a very welcome component in the company’s future,” stated Paul Hancock, CEO of World Wide.
THE NIGHTINGALE, directed by Philippe Muyl, is a heartening film that examines Chinese family values, traditions, and generational differences between a grandfather and his over indulged granddaughter. WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER, directed by Gustavo Ron, follows an inquisitive 12-year-old boy who is curious about the world and life experiences. Because he suffers from leukemia, he wants to learn more about growing up and how to deal with mortality.
As we continue to move forward into the new year, World Wide is focusing on introducing to our audiences, high quality Feature Films from around the world. Inasmuch as it has been become increasingly difficult in recent years for distributors to release feature films in the U.S. theatrically, this particular window offers a wonderful opportunity for an additional Gross Corridor. The corporation looks forward to growing its new relationship with Kanopy, and is excited to release recent foreign films to customers throughout North America. 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.
We invite you to enjoy our films through Kanopy or any of our platforms such as Vimeo and the company’s Indie Movie Store.
The last day of February marks the ninth annual Global Rare Disease Day. Its goal is to raise awareness for diseases that are almost unknown to the general public, since they only affect a limited number of individuals, but the importance of this day goes beyond the goal of just gaining attention. Rare disease day is organized so that policy and research can turn their attention to disorders that lie outside general knowledge; this in the hope that, in the near future, some of these diseases might be cured, or, in some cases, that policy might change to improve the lives of some of the individuals suffering from these distinct ailments.
The organization in charge of raising awareness for this day (Eurordis) defines a rare disease as one that affects fewer individuals than 1 in 2000 in Europe and fewer than 1 in 200,000 in the US. So far, they recognize over 6000 rare diseases, each bringing its own challenges to the patients suffering from these. One of the challenges faced is the mere diagnosis of the disease, since its rarity makes it difficult for doctors to detect early on.
One such rare disease that’s often difficult to diagnose is male breast cancer. Male breast cancer is usually detected in males 60 to 70, and makes up 1% of all breast cancer cases. The risk of this disease occurring is usually increased by high estrogen levels, radiation exposure, and family history of breast cancer. Initial diagnosis of it is done through the checking of lumps on the patient’s breasts. Because the disease is fundamentally the same as all breast cancer, research for the treatment and prevention of this disease is similar for both men and women. Currently there are several foundations that raise money for breast cancer research, such as the Susan G Komen Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. However, what makes male breast cancer a rare disease is its difficulty in diagnosing patients because of lack of awareness, and the low percentage of men who suffer from this disease. The Lovely Patient (distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures) is a film that depicts a character who suffers from this rare ailment (Frank Hartsfield, played by John Collier). The film tells the story of Leonard Marshall (played by John Glenn) who loses his job, but quickly has to find another job in order to provide for his mother. He finds an opening to be a driver, and in this job he befriends Frank Hartsfield, who becomes a father figure to Leonard. Their relationship puts into the screen a depiction of those suffering from the rare illness, and in this way it brings awareness to the disease, while one dramatic string envelops how those around them are affected by it. To learn more about this day, or to see how you can help, visit www.rarediseaseday.org.