The Arnie Movie
I met Arnie while I was a teacher in Ontario. He changed the lives of my students by telling his story of living without knowing how to read and write! He urged them to ask for help and by the end of his story, many of my students found the courage they needed. That day started a 10 year journey of research, speaking engagements and friendship between Arnie and me.
Arnie was an inspiration and a one-of-a-kind friend. We spoke to 72 audiences reaching thousands and thousands of people. We received boxes full of letters from students and their teachers. Our work won the James Patterson Page Turner award and the Ministry of Education recognized the difference we were making in schools.
In 2012, Arnie was diagnosed with lung cancer. Given only 11 days to live, I rushed to be by his side one last time. In his hospital room, we reminisced, cried and laughed about the happy times we got to spend touring schools together. His final words to me, "tell the kids never to be afraid to ask for help." He was genuine to the end and I dearly miss my friend. It has been a long road of grief and transition since then.
When January 2014 happened I was determined to finish the project...that is when I happened to meet director/producer/screenwriter Joe Davison. Joe and I clicked as professionals right away. He understood the urgency of the project and knew its potential. He joined me without hesitation. Since then, Joe and I have collaboratively written a complete feature film about Arnie's life, my life and our journey together for students and literacy. We always left a seat open for Arnie. He was there with us during the process.
I am constantly marveling at the way this journey has unfolded so far. Sometimes you never know how close you are to what you need. I know Arnie would have been very proud because it was his dream to write a play about literacy. Well Arnie, your dream is coming true!
We are raising the money needed to do a documentary about Arnie's life. This documentary will help us get the script in front of a passionate hollywood director. Did you know Arnie? Did you see us speak? Do you believe that change in the education system needs to happen? Will you consider helping us gather the funds we need?
Sending love out to all my family, friends, colleagues and fellow literacy advocates. Thank you...we couldn't have gotten this far without you.
Four individuals from Canada have come forward to share their stories about the impact Arnie had in their lives, our facebook page is at 89 likes, and Galaxy Promotions has donated 500 Arnie card magnets to remind students to ask for help.
Last week, Laura Dent and I started our anti-bullying program called One Heart. We visit schools facilitating conversations about the Heart of Community. Our motto? Always ask for help. I just know Arnie would be so proud of us for the work we are doing to help others.
Thanks to the generous donations of our investors, the Go Fund Me campaign has reached $1,500!!! The Cello's brunch set for Nov 30th is nearly sold out (Only 4 spots left). We are so excited about sharing more about the script and process with our investors!
Thank you for your generous support of our mission. We are making a difference with our hearts.
All my best,
We are just $25 from a $1,000 milestone with the Arnie Movie!! Who will put us over the mark?? Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!!! We are on our way!!! Click this link to help us!! http://www.gofundme.com/g1x05g
Check out our awesome raffles and special guest appearance we have lined up for our Arnie Movie launch brunch, Nov 30th!! Remember you can purchase your Cellos Charhouse brunch tickets (Nov 30th) $25 each on the GoFundMe site. Just type BRUNCH in your comment section. Only 30 spots at Cellos are available so reserve your spot right away!
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I have exciting news!!! Save the date of Sunday, November 30th at noon! Sue and Ellen of Cello's Charhouse (143 7th Ave N, Safety Harbor, FL 34695) are hosting a brunch benefit with proceeds going to the Arnie Documentary.
Tickets cost $25 each! Oh and there will be one complimentary MIMOSA!!! Jus Sayin!!!
Joe Davison and Janet Lee Stinson are in the process of creating a documentary film about the life of Arnie Stewart. On November 30th, take a front row seat as Janet Lee and Joe share the process of making the film and the part your donations play in actualizing Arnie's dream of making a difference in literacy.
Space is limited so please sign up today. You can purchase your tickets here on The Arnie Documentary Page. Mention the buffet in your comment.
Please visit, share and donate. Any amount is valuable for us!! So anything you can pitch in gets us closer to our goal!
I would like to publicly thank Mary Cummings, Judy McGonigle and family, Tamara and Adam Hillyard, Sue and Ron Gabrielli and an anonymous donor! We are all overwhelmed by your support and want you to know that we are energized like never before!!
Thank you and love!
Janet Lee Stinson and Joe Davison!!
It has been a pleasure to spread Arnie's message . Conversation is needed about bullying. "Always ask for help" is perfect for the "One Love" anti bully workshop. Thank You Arnie.