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FROM DIRECTOR JOHN KAPLAN
Greetings everyone! Welcome to our holiday newsletter for the Not As I Pictured film community. Along with my wife, Li, and kids, Carina and Max, we're wishing you and yours the very best for a great holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2012!
Our quarterly newsletter keeps you up to date on the public service goals of our free cancer education film project. Amazing things continue to happen and our free DVDs and accompanying cancer coping guides are flying out the door. We're now past the halfway mark for our goal of 10,000 free Not As I Pictured DVD film copies to anyone affected by cancer!
By popular demand, Love Kills Cancer T-shirts are here!
Please order right away if you want to order for the holidays. Just like the one I wore in the film that so many of have found inspiring. Men's are gold, and women's are pink. All are 100% cotton. Women can wear the guys' shirts, too, of course.
The soft sell: Donations are always appreciated!
We are a small grassroots organization and you'll never receive a solicitation mailing from us. We know that so many facing a cancer diagnosis also wrestle with financial concerns. Thus, as we always say, donations are not necessary!
Yet, if you are considering where to donate your holiday good cheer this year, we hope you'll think of us. Your tax-deductible donations will help our humanitarian free DVD program stay alive and are making a difference for so many touched by cancer. Here's a link:
Our PBS broadcasts are reaching 94 million U.S. homes!
We've already had more than 400 broadcasts in 40 states with 300 more coming right up! Please check the broadcast schedule often as we are adding new broadcasts all the time:
A special nationwide broadcast is coming up January 30th on PBS World channels, reaching 44% of the U.S. in one night, all in primetime. Again, please check your local listings at the link above.
We have just added WNEW Thirteen in New York, the flagship of PBS—Saturday December 17th at 3 p.m., with a rebroadcast on the 19th. With our latest announcements, we're on in 19 of the top 20 U.S. markets, not counting Canada. So Chicago, let's get with it!
Help us reach 1,000 "Likes" on Facebook:
We're almost there so if you haven't visited us on Facebook yet, come on over! We update our Facebook page daily with latest listings announcements, too. Each week, film viewers on Facebook post truly amazing messages of support and encouragement. Please consider adding yours, too! Your comments will inspire others to watch the film and find strength in our inspiring message of hope:
As Tracy S. Dale of Philiadelphia wrote recently on Facebook: "It was absolutely beautiful. I cried. I laughed. I could not take my eyes off. Absolutely amazing . . . I believe now I have to have faith and strength. And never give up. God bless you all."
National media coverage keeps on rolling
We've also been the subject of great feature stories recently in the Miami Herald, Raleigh News and Observer, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Anchorage Daily News, Meridian (MS) Star, Gainesville Magazine, and many more.
NPR and other radio stations have aired in-depth stories in several states recently including Florida, West Virginia and Delaware.
You can read the latest articles and listen to radio clips at our In the News page:
Upcoming events and national photo exhibition debut
Thank you to the College Media Advisors National Convention in Orlando, Miami's Florida International University, and the World Humanities Expo at Santa Fe College for great recent events.
We have upcoming screenings in Philadelphia, Spokane, Seattle, Springfield, Illinois and our first international event at Wuhan University in China. Please see our ever–growing schedule at right.
In February, we are excited about the launch of the touring Not As I Pictured photographic exhibition in Wilmington, Delaware. It then moves to the University of Kentucky and is available for your community, too. Thanks to Canon USA for helping to make our exhibition possible.
If you would like to line up a screening and/or the exhibition in your town, please contact us. Local oncologists, survivorship experts, and cancer advocacy leaders are always willing to lend a hand for a truly meaningful event.
Thanks for your help!
Beyond donations, you are doing an inspiring job helping us to get the word out about the uplifting and encouraging power of Not As I Pictured. Throughout the U.S., medical practices, hospitals, and cancer advocacy programs are using the film to support their programs, too. (To keep our program goals alive, please keep in mind we do need to charge licensing fees for professional use of the film by organizations, libraries, and large groups.)
Please let anyone you know touched by cancer know about our free film program:
Please also urge your local community or university library to add Not As I Pictured to its collection.
Be well, and enjoy the splendor of the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and New Year's too . . . Sending you huge good karma for your support and well wishes!