Local documentary on hope, surviving illness premieres Wednesday

  • IF YOU GO The Advocate will debut "Breadth of Hope," an inspirational documentary by filmmaker Drew Stewart, a former intern at the newspaper.

    The film tells the journey of three Victorians living with ALS:

    Former pastor Bill Hassel; ...

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  • IF YOU GO The Advocate will debut "Breadth of Hope," an inspirational documentary by filmmaker Drew Stewart, a former intern at the newspaper.

    The film tells the journey of three Victorians living with ALS:

    Former pastor Bill Hassel; Craig Fox, a retired electrical instruments designer; and Carolyn Shimek, once a school secretary.

    In the film, the three discover how faith, family and courage combine to create the hope to live. Purchase tickets at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts box office from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or call 361-580-6315.

    WHERE: Welder Center, 214 N. Main St.

    WHEN: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Filmmaker Drew Stewart will introduce the film at 6 p.m. After the movie, the filmmaker will lead a panel discussion featuring Craig Fox from 8:15-9 p.m.

    COST: $5 admission. A portion of the proceeds will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Limited seating is available.

Learn what it means to live with hope in the face of immense setbacks through a locally created documentary Wednesday evening.

Filmmaker Drew Stewart, a former Advocate intern, believes the piece, based on three Victorians' journey with a rare motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will inspire people to realize their own strengths.

"I think this film is very relevant to what many Americans are experiencing today," Stewart said. "Many of us are going through tough times, but it's our love for each other and our faith that brings us hope."

The film premiere is the first of its kind for the Advocate. The film shows at 6 p.m. at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 5:30. Limited seating is available. Tickets are $5, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.