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Acorn Penny Screens at Cleveland Museum of Art











Jada Young / Photo by William Laufer, Laufer Film 2010


Cleveland, OH (Vocus) August 4, 2010

The Acorn Penny, a short film by filmmaking father – daughter team Laufer Film, will have its Cleveland premier at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday, August 13th, 2010. The short will play in front of the Brazilian feature documentary Only When I Dance.

The movie recently won first prize in the Twin River’s Film fest. Joanna Connors of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Though news reports from the war in the Congo depict a nightmare of atrocities, Laufer was determined to make a film that would alert viewers to the war without using violence.”

The movies also was shown at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and was well received at the second annual Amelia Island Film Festival. The film was covered in Michelle Egger’s article for the Jacksonville Nassau Sun. The short film was also selected to be shown at the “Short Film Corner” a market for short films held at the Cannes International Film Festival, May 12 – 22nd.

The Acorn Penny is a short film of hope. An artistic work of fiction that shines a light on a forgotten part of the world. A call to aid for the living and a remembrance of the estimated 6.9 million people who have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998 in what is called the Mineral Wars.

The Acorn Penny is a wondrous story of the power of a child’s dream to save herself and the world around her. When four magical acorns fall to her feet, Kinshasa’s dream of the future unfolds into an adventure she never imagined she could call her own. As she rediscovers her African past, the war torn present and her wondrous potential she realizes she must fight the forces that stand in her way, for no one else will.

This award winning short film was shot on the Red Camera utilizing background plates from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Acorn Penny successfully brings together a dream world and a reality that viewers are immediately drawn into. This beautiful story of the potential of one girls dreams of the future is not to be missed.

The Acorn Penny recently won 1st place at the Twin Rivers Media Festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Playing to an embracing crowd, this short film of just fourteen minutes has open hearts and minds to the enormity of the crisis happening in the DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo in regards to the mining of Conflict Minerals and the plight of women in this worn torn country.

The Acorn Penny has actively handed out information from two non-for profits that are currently working in the Congo. The Hope For The Congo program based in Washington DC and the International Relief Commission in New York City. Its been important, whenever our film screens that we have information about agencies that are playing a part in the recovery and healing of the DRC. Laufer said “We’ve been spreading the word, and hopefully people have learned something new about this conflict after attending our screenings.”

LauferFilm.com was founded in 1996 by Georgetown University grads Bill and Tiffany Laufer. Bill and Tiffany Laufer are a father – daughter film team who recently finish the new Christmas feature film Christmas at Maxwell’s.

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