The short film Crescendo, that recounts the struggles of Maria Magdalena Beethoven, the mother of 19th century composer Ludwig van Beethoven, will be held May 22 at River Oaks Theater. Jason Jones, producer of the film, will host an informal discussion and field questions from the audience.
Crescendo debuted worldwide February 28 receiving over 11 international film festival honors, and comes to Houston to continue the Movie to Movement mission by supporting LifeHouse of Houston, the only maternity home licensed by the state to house girls’ ages 12-24 whether they plan to parent or place their baby for adoption. All proceeds from the private screening event will benefit LifeHouse.
LifeHouse has previously welcomed Crescendo’s executive producer, Pattie Mallette (Justin Beiber’s mother), who visited with the residents prior to her son’s concert in November.
“We’re honored to continue our relationship with Pattie by bringing Crescendo to Houston,” said Courtney Abernethy, Director of Advancement. “Sharing the film with the Houston community will elevate the awareness of LifeHouse and the services it is providing to young women in need.”
Sponsorships start at $100 and tickets cost $25. They are now available for purchase by going to www.LifeHouseHouston.org/crescendo. Proceeds from the event will be used to support LifeLine, LifeHouse’s new outreach center located in Central Houston with the mission of continuing to serve hundreds of young pregnant and parenting women in crisis who are not in need of housing but in need of community, support, services and unconditional love. LifeLine costs $5,000 to operate each month. A month of Life Skills and Program costs are $500 and counseling cost $2,500 a month. All of the services are, as always, free of charge to clients.
LifeHouse is a Christian ministry providing opportunities for housing, healing and hope for young women during their pregnancy and beyond. LifeHouse is a not-for-profit charitable IRS 501(c)(3) status www.LifeHouseHouston.org.
The quick facts:
Who: LifeHouse and special conversation with Crescendo producer and human rights activist Jason Jones. Jason Jones is a film producer and the founder and president of Movie to Movement and HERO [Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization] a non-profit that promotes human dignity regardless of ability, age, status, race, or geography. He spearheaded a recent HERO initiative to bring clean water to suffering refugees in South Sudan. In 2009, despite the government’s warning of unsafe travel, Jason visited Darfur and inspected 26 new water wells and distributed $2 million in food, medicine, and other aid.
Event Committee: Courtney & Doug Abernethy, Abbi & Rob Antablin, Haley & Jake Baker, James Bell, Estela & David Cockrell, Amanda Fox, Kim & Brian Haufrect, Emily & Rusty Kelley, Carrie & Mark Pillsbury, Allison & Spencer Stasney, Elizabeth & Brett Taaffe, and Susan & Marty Weber
What: Crescendo, Houston Premier featuring film producer, human rights activist and public speaker Jason Jones
When: Wednesday, May 22, 8:00 pm
Where: River Oaks Theater, 2009 W. Gray, Houston 77019
Why: The screening of Crescendo will benefit LifeHouse of Houston.
Movie to Movement™ produces and promote films that make a difference – films which promote a culture of life, love and beauty.
How: Sponsorships that include a cocktail reception and light bites from La Griglia with Jones and general admission tickets are now available. Go to www.LifeHouseHouston.org/crescendo to make an on-line reservation today. Seating is limited.
More information: www.LifeHouseHouston.org/crescendo, 713-623-2120