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Cleveland jury awards best doc short

March 29, 2015

The jury at the 39th annual Cleveland International Film Festival named “On Beauty” as the best documentary short. More than 100,000 people attended this year’s event, which included hundreds of films from around the world. The festival “promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.” We are thrilled to add this award to our growing list of accolades and are so thankful to the jury, the festival and all our fans who came out to support this film. These wonderful reactions to the film help motivate us as we continue ... Read more


Official posters now for sale

March 27, 2015

Official “On Beauty” film posters are currently available for pre-sale! All funds help support our outreach campaign and showcase Rick’s beautiful photography of either Sarah or Jayne. In celebration of this announcement, we are hosting a raffle to give away a free poster. To enter your name in the drawing, submit your story on our “Beauty in Difference” page. This gallery is a curated online collection of people, organizations and campaigns that challenge norms, inspire us and exemplify the many faces of beauty. Submissions must be a work of art you created that represents your definition of beauty. Take a ... Read more


Rick to attend screening in Palm Springs, other screenings ahead

March 25, 2015

Rick will be at Friday’s screening of “On Beauty” during the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA. “On Beauty” will show alongside the documentary feature “Kismet” in a program that focuses on identity and independence. After the screening Rick will discuss the film, his work and talk about changing the way we see beauty. Purchase tickets. “On Beauty” will also screen at 3 p.m. on March 26 at the Oliphant Auditorium during the festival and is part of two other festivals this week. Today the film had its first screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival and will ... Read more


Seven screenings at ReelAbilities NY, celebration of 25th anniversary of ADA

February 11, 2015

“On Beauty” is thrilled to be part of the 2015 ReelAbilities NY Film Festival – an exciting week filled with films and special events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The civil rights law was signed on July 26, 1990 and ensures that people of differing abilities have equal opportunities in various parts of American life. It is wonderful be part of this celebration and to work with a festival and an organization that has many of the same goals as the film. The ReelAbilities Film Festival was started by the JCC Manhattan in 2007 ... Read more


High school screenings during Big Sky

February 2, 2015

“On Beauty” will travel to three high schools in and around Missoula, Mont. as part of the education program with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film will first show during an all-school assembly at Seeley Swan High School on Feb. 9. Later in the week, Joanna Rudnick will attend special screenings at Big Sky High School on Feb. 12 and Hellgate High School on Feb. 13. We are thrilled to be part of these educational screenings. We look forward to discussing the film with young people and watching them engage in the movement to redefine beauty.


Special screenings and exhibit at ReelAbilities Houston

January 7, 2015

We are excited to announce that “On Beauty” will have special screenings at the ReelAbilities Houston Film Festival in February. The film will show on a continuous loop at two places during the festival, including alongside a selection of photographs Rick Guidotti took of local families last year. Both locations are free to the public and last from Feb. 10-12, 2015. The film will play continuously from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center where Rick’s photographs will be on display. “On Beauty” will also be part of a series of short films that will ... Read more


“On Beauty” goes to Big Sky Documentary FF

January 5, 2015

We are thrilled to start the year by announcing the Montana premiere of “On Beauty” at the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. “On Beauty” will showduring the “Schoolhouse Shorts” program at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2015 at the Wilma Theater. The film will also show at noon on Feb. 16, 2015 at the Top Hat Lounge as part of a festival program that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which passed in 1990. “On Beauty” rejoins DOC NYC alumnus “Blindsight,” Bob Sacha’s short about photographers who lost their sight or are now visually impaired. ... Read more


Student-only screening at ReelAbilities Cincinnati

November 23, 2014

“On Beauty” is proud to be part of the 2015 Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival with a screening at 1 p.m. on March 6 at the University of Cincinnati. The event is only open to students, but is part of the largest festival in the region dedicated to showing films and sparking discussions about people thriving with differences. The ReelAbilities festival was started by the JCC Manhattan in 2007. After collaborating with the Cincinnati-based organization Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, the more than a dozen cities around the country will host festivals of their own. Rick is expected to attend ... Read more


Sarah to attend NY premiere

November 5, 2014

Sarah Kanney, one of the stars at the center of “On Beauty,” will be in Manhattan for the film’s New York premiere at the film festival DOC NYC. Sarah was born with a genetic condition called Sturge-Weber syndrome, which leaves a port wine birthmark on her face and brain. She has needed numerous eye surgeries since she was four. In grade school, she was timid and her classmates teased her so harshly that she left for homeschooling in eighth grade. Sarah’s refuge is racing motocross, which she has been doing competitively since she was 13 years old. She says it ... Read more


Official movie posters

October 28, 2014

Audiences in Chicago and Hot Springs, Ark. have already seen the official “On Beauty” posters, but here they are for everyone to see. The beautiful posters highlight Rick’s amazing vision and the unique beauty of Sarah and Jayne. Thank you to the team at aSquared Design Group! We can’t wait to bring these works of art to more cities including Colorado Springs, Colo. and New York!