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March 2, 2016

Spotlight Film Festival continues with documentary on March 10 at Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON - Coming Thursday, March 10 to the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon is a free showing of "The Horse Boy," a touching tale of family resilience in the face of a young boy's autism.

This is the fourth in a five-part documentary series called the Spotlight Film Festival, created to raise awareness about issues that impact the lives of Skagit County residents. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.

Nominated for the 2009 Sundance Jury Prize, "The Horse Boy" is an up-close and deeply personal look at a devoted couple's heart-wrenching decision to travel to the ends of the earth in an effort to heal their son. The film will be introduced by a parent advocate who has personal experience with autism and has helped many families in Skagit County with resources and support for dealing with children who have special health care needs.

Following the film there will be an opportunity to talk with representatives of support agencies one-on-one.

The Skagit County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board is core sponsor of this film. Featured sponsors are Chinook Enterprises and Washington Vocational Services, two agencies committed to the employment of individuals with barriers to employment.