Mission & Vision

Joe Restaino loved his family, his friends, cinema and life. He lived for four years and eight days after being diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer at the age of 16. He left a legacy: a to-do list asking his family to aid in research so that other young people would someday benefit from better treatments with better outcomes for pediatric cancers. The Joedance Film Festival was founded after Joe’s death in 2010 and has funded research for better pediatric cancer treatments. Joe’s list is being checked off item by item, dollar by dollar, and success by success.

Our Mission.

Joedance Film Festival raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s through the annual film festival featuring short films produced in the United States and US Territories. We support research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastoma, and brain tumors.

Our Vision.

Using a multicultural festival incorporating the power of film and performing arts to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s.