First, have your photo taken as you walk the red carpet at the Arena Grand Movie Theatre. From 6-7 p.m., enjoy hors d’oeuvres and mingle with two of the film’s actors, Asante Jones (Parenthood, Law & Order: LA, Desperate Housewives) and Matthew Jacob Wayne (The New Normal, New Girl, iCarly). Posters will be on hand for autographs; formal attire is optional. At 7 p.m., watch the premiere of CAMP with Q&A immediately to follow. Jones and Wayne will be available for questions, along with local foster care experts.
Every penny of the $15 ticket price will go to aid the Royal Family KIDS Camp of Franklin County, on which the film was based. The camp serves children like those in the film who have been removed from their homes due to abuse. “CAMP” will be showing at the Arena Grand until Thursday, April 18. Grab your tickets to the premiere now.
Ann Bischoff, senior director of policy and grants for KidsOhio and board member of the Starfish Alliance, confessed that the film is remarkable. “This film has a way of illustrating the depth of what goes on at camp, how it changes kids lives,” she said. “It gives them hope where there was no hope before. So I’m really excited for other people to see it and experience it.”
Eli’s life is torture. His drug addict mother neglects him and when his unreliable father is around he physically abuses him. On Eli’s 10th birthday, police respond to a domestic disturbance call and he’s removed from him home. When Eli is placed in Loucstwood, the facility is little better than a youth prison and Eli spirals downward.
Meanwhile, investment advisor Ken Matthews agrees to be a camp counselor in an effort to impress a potential client. When Ken is paired with Eli and the chaos begins, Ken’s heart breaks as he learns about Eli’s nightmarish past. But when an unauthorized visit from Eli’s father throws everything out of control, Ken must decide how far he is willing to go so that Eli will understand the meaning of unconditional love.