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Local film fest raises $20K for Levine Children’s Hospital

With a sold-out crowd at the two-day event, Charlotte’s third-annual Joedance Film Festival raised $20,0000 for Levine Children’s Hospital Aug. 2-3.

Organizers said there was a 614 percent increase in funding this year from the nearly $3,000 raised during the 2012 festival, which aims to raise awareness and money for research of rare pediatric cancers such as sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

Joedance Film Festival is held in the courtyard of 10th Street Townhomes in Fourth Ward and includes two weekend nights of short and feature-length films with a connection to Charlotte.

Eligible filmmakers must either reside in or originally be from Charlotte, or be connected to the city through cast or crew. This year, seven films were shown over the two nights.

The festival is named for Joe Restaino, a 20-year-old Fourth Ward resident who died in 2010 after a four year battle with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. His parents, Diane and Mike Restaino, and his brothers, Tony and David Restaino founded the event as a way to honor Joe and his love of movies.

The annual event is held the first weekend in August and all proceeds go to the Carolinas Kids Research Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about Joe, the festival or to make a donation: www.joedance.org.

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