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Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl Premieres in Las Vegas

For Immediate Release
Feb. 5, 2015

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Las Vegas – Las Vegas-produced documentary, Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl, will have its home city premiere during a March 15 screening at Brenden Theaters inside the Palms Casino. The documentary, which has won entry into several film festivals across the country, chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of 25-year-old Dana Marshall-Bernstein, who suffers from Crohn’s disease.

The March 15 screening will double as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute. There is a $50 donation per ticket for individuals, and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds from the fundraising efforts will directly support CCFA’s research efforts and the foundation’s programs for those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The fundraiser will also support the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute’s efforts.  One of the top digestive disease centers in the U.S., it serves more than 66,000 patients suffering from bariatric, colorectal and gastrointestinal diseases each year.

 Produced and directed by Robin Greenspun, Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl is a moving documentary about a young woman and the debilitating disease she refuses to let bring her down. The film tackles a subject not readily discussed in our society—inflammatory bowel disease. Dana Marshall-Bernstein may have spent as much time in a hospital as out of it, and must fly constantly between Cleveland and Las Vegas for her treatments, but she remains a wickedly funny girl who gets the most out of the cards she was dealt.

 The film also follows the heartbreaking struggle of her parents, Cari Marshall and Ed Bernstein, and the Cleveland Clinic doctors who help in Dana’s fight to survive. As the film progresses, the question becomes clear—does she take a leap of faith on a transplant that may give her a life she’s never known, or does she stay the course?

 The film is already generating some buzz—it will premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival on Feb. 21 and will be shown at the Richmond International Film Festival on March 1, with other festival and awareness screenings around the country in the works.

The Las Vegas screening will begin at 4 p.m. sharp at the Brenden Theaters inside the Palms Casino. A celebrity red carpet photo opportunity will precede the event inside the casino.

 Tickets can be purchased at the following website: http://bit.ly/168WIl3

 Sponsorship opportunities for the screening are available and can be secured at the following website: http://bit.ly/16b84Vt. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Gradisher at 702-581-8284 or kgradisher@ccfa.org.

  

About Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl is the awe-inspiring story of Dana, a young woman and her struggle with a severe case of Crohn’s Disease. Having spent as much of her life in a hospital as out of it, Dana’s struggles are unlike most that other 25 year olds may face. While inflammatory bowel disease is a condition that many people may not be willing to talk about, Dana faces the subject with blunt reality and gut-busting humor. In the film, there comes a turning point where Dana must decide if she will take a leap of faith and go through with a complicated and risky transplant, or cope with her limitations. For more information, visit the film’s website at http://semicolonmovie.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/semicolonmovie.

About Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit www.ccfa.org, call 702-581-8284, or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccfalasvegas.

About the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute
At the Digestive Disease Institute, our gastrointestinal specialists, bariatric, colorectal and general surgeons, and nutrition experts serve more than 66,000 patients annually. Innovative procedures and decades of experience enable our physicians to achieve success in preventing and treating the full spectrum of digestive diseases. The Digestive Disease Institute is one of 27 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center ranked among the nation’s top hospitals (U.S. News & World Report),where more than 3,000 physicians and researchers in 120specialties collaborate to give every patient the best outcome and experience. clevelandclinic.org

Media Contacts:
Graham McMurry / May Wildman
Kirvin Doak Communications
gmcmurry@kirvindoak.com / mwildman@kirvindoak.com
702-737-3100

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