Washington West Film Festival, presented by Boeing, Announces Charitable Partners for 2017

Arcadia Farms, Kids in the Spotlight, and the Robert Duvall Children’s Fund will receive box office proceeds of Oct. 25-30 event in Reston, Arlington, and Eastern Loudoun County

October 9, 2017; Reston, Virginia – The Washington West Film Festival, presented by Boeing, today announced three charitable partners to which all box office proceeds from the Oct 25-30 event will be donated. The festival operates on the premise that “Story Can Change the World” and compels itself each year to extend the power of story by challenging audiences to engage. That effort begins with ticket purchases because Washington West, in turn, donates all box office proceeds to, and partners with, organizations and causes that are making a difference.

“Most certainly, story can change the world, but that is only when it is propelled by the imagination, inspiration, and sustained commitment of organizations and people that are making a difference,” said Washington West Founder Brad Russell. “With the three charitable partners our board has selected for 2017, we see that type of inspiration and sustained commitment. We are proud to put our support behind these great organizations and then watching their stories unfold.”

Visitors to Washington West not only are treated to more than 56 films and a world-class, overall experience, their attendance likewise will have a tangible impact on these three organizations.

The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, also known as Arcadia Farms, was established in 2010 to improve the health of our community, support the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations. Through its programs, Arcadia works to address issues of food access and food justice, raise awareness about healthy food and its sources, and establish innovative connections between local, sustainable farms and consumers. You can learn more at www.arcadiafood.org.

Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May 2009. Its program trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast, and star in their own short films. This training culminates in an annual film festival competition where KITS presents “Movies by Kids, for Kids.” Kids in the Spotlight allow kids to express themselves through the art of filmmaking and encourages interest in careers in the movie industry, which is so prevalent in the Los Angeles area where KITS operates. Ty Burrell, from the hit comedy Modern Family serves as a KITS celebrity ambassador and will be in attendance at Washing West for screenings of KITS films.

The Robert Duvall Children’s Fund (RDCF) is a 501 c(3), charitable organization committed to providing for the welfare, health, education, and relief of children and their families who are poor, distressed, or underprivileged. This is accomplished, in turn, by promoting and supporting activities of charitable organizations that provide medical assistance, promote education, instruction and development, or provide assistance in meeting requirements relating to food, clothing, and other basic needs for children and their families around the world. The Robert Duvall Children’s Fund also strives to educate children about the importance of environmental conservation initiatives through partnerships with nonprofit organizations focused in this area.

Two weeks ago, Washington West released a robust schedule of 56 films that will anchor its six-day, October experience that will bring a substantial presence to Arlington, Virginia for the first time, this to supplement the festival’s traditional anchor location of Reston. Ticket bundles and Fest Experience Packages for the Oct. 25-30 event, along with a full list of films, organized by date, location, and category are available at www.wwfilmfest.com.

Ticket Sales
Find information on ticket packages as well as a schedule of films.

Boeing is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Washington West Film Festival. For more than 100 years, Boeing – the world’s largest aerospace company – has helped to make the impossible, possible through innovative products and technology, and a deep commitment to the community.

Additional support is provided by Boston Properties, Cadillac, Canvas, Cstraight Media, Leidos, LMO Advertising, Reston Community Center, the Reston Town Center Association, and Yorktel Media.

For a full list of sponsors, visit https://wwfilmfest.com/about/sponsors/.

For the Media
A limited number of press passes will be distributed to verified members of the press. Visit www.wwfilmfest.com/about/press-kit/ for more information. We will make filmmakers and others available for interviews in advance and during the film festival based on availability. Please direct advance requests to jim.cudahy@7marcom.com.