Local event: *free* pre-screening of Bella

On the heels of the director of the Population Research Institute saying Catholics should support the movie “Bella” (more on that here), here’s some exciting news for folks in Michigan: a free pre-screening of the movie in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted by a local pregnancy counseling center.

More from the organizers:

“This is a FREE EVENT and may be your only chance to see “Bella” on screen. Bella is a tender and life-affirming movie that is so good, it won the coveted 2006 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award — even though it’s pro-life!

Follow the two main characters as they discover their own capacities for love in the face of unexpected — and ostensibly unwelcome — events.

Following the film, its lead producer, Leo Severino, will give his moving testimony regarding the film’s inception and production. Learn more about Leo and the lead actor, Eduardo Verastegui, at http://www.bellathemovie.com/.

“Bella” has already changed the hearts and minds of mothers considering abortion. I had the privilege of seeing it in St. Louis, and it’s a beautiful movie. Don’t miss it — it isn’t scheduled to be released in Michigan, so this may be your only chance to watch it on the big screen.

The screening is free!

FYI, the new pregnancy center (ArborVitae Women’s Center) will be located just a few doors down from the Michigan Theater, in the Starbucks building. If construction is finished, you are invited by after the movie to take a tour!

[More on their website.]

I’ve blogged at-length about Bella before.

I’d also invite you to checkout the website for ArborVitae, an excellent center that offers crisis pregnancy counseling (I’m good friends with executive director, who has been giving me updates on their progress).

They are currently in the process of moving to a location in the heart of the University of Michigan main campus – right next to a Starbucks, which means that ideally the students of UofM will now have easy access to abortion alternatives and the many other good services they offer.

I’d urge you, finally, to consider contacting them and supporting their efforts. After all, theater tickets in my neck of the woods cost almost $10 for an evening showing, and this one will be free!

Here is the website for Bella (again).

And here is a trailer for it:

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the screening because of prior plans, but I really can’t wait to see this movie after the continual good reviews I hear of it! I hope to hear that this event was well-attended.

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