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News and Brews

Joedance | August 20, 2016

August 22, 2016 We are ecstatic that the 7th Annual Joedance Film Festival raised $25,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital, and specifically the newly established Joedance Cancer Fund. This will allow for more control over the types of projects that are funded, such as a paid internship at Levine Cancer Institute 2, clinical trials for bone cancer and breaking ground on a new cancer research lab.

To date, Joedance has contributed $100,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital. Joedance has officially arrived–rated one of the top 10 events of early August by Charlotte Agenda and Charlotte Five, as well as garnering press in The Charlotte Observer, SouthPark Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, QC Exclusive Magazine, Charlotte Parent Magazine, WCCB-TV, and others.

Our largest gathering to date turned out to view the 14 films selected this year, ranging from a McCallie School music video to a full length feature about a small town South Carolina native with a special gift for topiary artistry and how he is transforming lives.

Next up is our new speaker series.

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Film Selections for Joedance Film Festival 2016

Joedance | July 23, 2016

2016 Joedance FIlm Submissions
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Joedance Film Festival 2016 Banner

Joedance | June 19, 2016

2016 Joedance Film Festival Banner
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Hockey Fights Cancer!

Joedance | February 19, 2016

The 2017 Hockey Fights Cancer event was a huge success. Thanks to all who supported this action packed evening, with a special thanks to the Charlotte Checkers for their continued support of Joedance and other worthy causes. See you next year!

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Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop Raise Funds for Joedance

Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop along with live music by The Sammies and John Dungan raised funds for Joedance Film Festival.

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Mission:Remission moves to the fall

The move to a fall date gave McCallie and GPS students an opportunity for a second Mission: Remission walk in 2015, as both schools continued to work together to raise awareness and money to aid in the fight against cancer.

Wednesday’s 2.5-mile walk along the North Shore, the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge and on the Tennessee Riverwalk featured about 1,500 students from both schools beginning and ending on the GPS campus. This was the fourth Mission: Remission walk held by McCallie and GPS students.

Before the walk, Rachel Raisin, president of GPS’s Partnership in Community; along with Alyson Parris and Duncan Moore, presidents of the GPS and McCallie Student Councils announced that the sale of the shirts had surpassed the project’s $20,000 goal. GPS and McCallie’s student councils and PIC work together to organize Mission: Remission each year.

Wednesday’s event was held on a beautiful fall day in Chattanooga. The event was delayed briefly to await McCallie students in PSAT testing, but otherwise, the event went off without a hitch.

The financial success was even more inspiring considering the Mission: Remission walk was moved to the fall for the 2015-16 school year, meaning this event came just over six months after the 2014-15 Mission: Remission walk. Even with the quick turnaround, the event raised $22,000, which will be used to help fund cancer research.

This is a great net profit with almost $6000 in sponsorships and 1,700 shirts ordered where $11 of every $15 shirt went to fight cancer,” said Beth Gaffney, Director of McCallie-GPS Coordinate Programs. “We are happy with this $22,000. In March we raised $27,000, and just 6 months after our March walk we are extremely grateful for this success.

“The weather was unbeatable, and the kids enjoy being an army of one for a day.”

The name Mission Remission was coined by 2014 McCallie graduate and Walker Casey Award winner Ralston Hartness who had cancer as an infant and walked as a student in Mission: Remission 2013 and 2014.

The funds were raised by t-shirts purchased by students, donations by members of the McCallie and GPS communities, 20 percent of the sales by food trucks and vendors at the event.

Sponsors for Mission: Remission this fall were Momms and True Blue Dads, the Monen Group, Lamp Post Group, Jay Dye of IAG, the Chattanooga Children’s Clinic, State Farm agent David Sharpe, Keller Williams Realty Greater Downtown, Platinum Financial, Debbie and Mike Brown, Engineered Flooring and Sophie’s Shoppe.

In addition, Naderade, a group of McCallie students in Chris Carpenter’s class on entrepreneurship donated the money raised from a lemonade stand they ran at the event.

While the $22,000 raised Wednesday is amazing in itself, an added benefit of having Mission: Remission in the fall is that the student bodies at both schools still have months to raise even more money before the school year is over. Students are already brainstorming ideas for more fundraising events in the coming months.

A student leadership committee from both schools will help determine where the funds will be allocated. In the past, Mission Remission has given to organizations such as the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation, Emily’s Power for a Cure, the Christian Bryant Foundation and the Joe Dance Foundation.

For more pictures from the day’s events, visit

You can also read the GPS story and pictures from the day by clicking here.

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Modern Salon and Spa with Joedance Film Festival

About every other month, workers from Modern Salon – through a collaboration with Joedance Film Festival – go to the Levine Children’s Hospital and offer haircuts, makeup applications, manicures and other salon services to parents of children who have been hospitalized there.

Read more here: Charlotte Observer


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Film Selections Speech

Diane Restaino, President, Joedance Film Festival

Hello, and welcome to the Joedance Film Selections. Thank you so much for supporting us during this exciting night and a huge thank you to Dandelion Market and owner Tommy Timmins for hosting us again this year.

Eight years ago my son, Joe, had a vision of helping young cancer patients to do what he couldn’t: survive. He looked beyond himself. Beyond his own terminal diagnosis to a time when kids and their families would not suffer the same fate that we have.

We have come a long way in these past 8 years in degrees, both Joedance and Levine’s Children Hospital. In the past year alone, LCH has treated over 150 patients with rare pediatric cancer. Which isn’t even counting the 11,000 cancer patients they treat outpatient. The hospital is in the upswing of their battle against cancer, and they are in need of our support now more than ever. We are excited to work closely with them in future endeavors and clinical trials.

But, more importantly, we are here tonight to introduce and celebrate the amazing filmmakers whose films have been selected for our 2015 festival in August. These creative artists and their fantastic films, at turns harrowing and hilarious, are the true backbone of Joedance. Because without them, we’d just be a bunch of random strangers standing around eating hot dogs come August. They submit their films year after year knowing we have nothing to pay them back with, and for their generosity I am forever grateful.

So, without further ado, and before I have a nervous breakdown, I will turn the microphone over to our Program Director Will Davis to introduce these outstanding individuals.

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Joedance Film Festival to host second annual “Joedance Jam” at Prohibition Bar Charlotte

Joedance Jam at the Prohibition Bar in Charlotte, NC

The Joedance Film Festival will host its second annual “Joedance Jam” on Saturday, June 14, 6-10 p.m., at Prohibition Bar Charlotte, 200 North Tryon Street (corner of 5th and Tryon).

Joedance Jam, an official Joedance Film Festival event, is a concert sponsored by Prohibition Bar to raise funds for Levine Children’s Hospital, which receives all proceeds from Joedance Film Festival activities. There is a 20.00 donation at the door, which includes two drinks, food from Dandelion Market, one raffle ticket and live music. Raffled items will include CD’s from some of the bands participating and other summer party accessories.

The 2014 Joedance Jam will feature the following bands:

The Sammies
Sherman Hellville
Sinners & Saints
Members of Ancient Cites and The New Familiars bands

“Our 2014 Joedance Jam band lineup includes a solid array of music including elements of folk, pop, rock, country and more,” said Will Davis, Joedance Film Festival board member who is coordinating the Jam.

What: Joedance Jam (free concert)
*all proceeds benefit Levine Children’s Hospital
Where: Prohibition Bar Charlotte
200 North Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202
When: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 6-10 p.m.

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Joedance Film Festival 2014 raises $30,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival 2014 raises $30,000

Joedance Film Festival 2014 raises $30,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival, a two-day August event that raises money for rare pediatric cancers research for Levine Children Hospital, raised $30,000 during the 2014 event Aug. 1-2, easily surpassing last year’s total of $20,000.

Both nights were sell-outs. Joedance has increased its donation to Levine Children’s Hospital each of the five years of the festival’s existence. After raising $950 the first year in 2010, Joedance followed with $1,500 (2011), $2,900 (2012), $20,000 (2013) and $30,000 (2014).

The annual Joedance Film Festival, two weekend nights of movies and fellowship in Uptown Charlotte’s Fourth Ward neighborhood (10th Street Townhomes Courtyard), honors the late Joe Restaino to raise awareness and funds for rare pediatric cancers research – specifically sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors. Joedance is also committed to raising awareness of the local film industry by showcasing films with a Charlotte connection. The family chose a film festival to honor their son because of his love of movies.

“We are thrilled that Joedance has grown to the point we were able to contribute $30,000 to such an important cause and institution, and have actually been able to fund an internship and research project,” said Diane Restaino, President of Joedance Film Festival. “The Levine Children’s Hospital is nationally renowned and one of Charlotte’s gems. We are committed to contribute to LCH for many years to come as we work hard to build Joedance Film Festival into a premiere Charlotte event.”

Joedance’s increased funding to Levine Children’s Hospital has helped fund a critical research project exploring the benefits of daily swishing with Healios to minimize mouth sores, which are a painful side effect of many chemotherapy protocols. The research project, under the direction of Dr. Peter Anderson, along with intern Katrina Ashlin, explored if swishing and swallowing with Healios (a flavored liquid nutrient) every day during treatment and recovery would lessen the severity of mouth sores.Dr. Peter Anderson will present the results of the research at the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Congress held October 22-25 in Toronto, Canada.