Friday, August 12, 2005

Norfolk-based charity gets a boost from movie ''Smile'' ( Online)

Norfolk-based charity gets a boost from movie ''Smile'' ( Online): "NORFOLK — The movie ''Smile'' opens in Norfolk today, giving a local charity a little face time on the big screen.

The independent film tracks the journey of a high school student who volunteers for a group similar to Operation Smile, the Norfolk-based charity that repairs facial deformities of children around the world.

Writer-director Jeffrey Kramer says the movie – which stars Beau Bridges, Linda Hamilton, Mika Boorem, Yi Ding and Luoyong Wang – is fiction, yet “based on 80,000 true stories.” One of those stories comes from his daughter, who made a mission trip with Operation Smile to the Philippines when she was 15."

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