Independent filmmakers seek audience in Castle Rock

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It is a movie that could be coming to a theater near you. You just need to send the message that you’re interested.

“Girl Rising” is an independent film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, telling the stories of nine girls from various countries, showcasing the importance of education.

The film debuted in New York City on March 7 and producers hope the film spans the United States.

Castle Rock resident Ange Garrett wants to help in the effort.

Garrett, a southern California transplant, is hosting a screening of the film at the Castle Rock Stadium 12. Before producers can commit to a viewing, however, Garrett must demonstrate interest among the community by generating sales of at least 100 tickets.

The nearest location for a scheduled screening is in the north Denver area. Garrett felt the southern half of the metro area could gain insight from the film’s message.

“I’m passionate about issues dealing with poverty and education for girls around the world,” she said. “It was something I wanted to get involved in.”

The film illustrates the struggles facing girls from countries including Haiti, Peru, India, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Egypt. Voice performances are provided by actors that include Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Salma Hayek.

A screening in Castle Rock will depend upon the number of tickets sold. The Castle Rock Stadium 12 Theater is at 3960 Limelight Ave. in Castle Rock. For more information or to purchase an advance ticket, visit www.girlrising.com.