Premiering on November 9, 2013, at 8:30am at the Fox Theater is the inspirational documentary, "Walking In My Sleep by Michael C. Cooney."
Michael C. Cooney is the Founder and President of Exceptional Ability Entertainment. A graduate of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.
Before his career in film production, writing, and public speaking, he spent ten years working in all facets of the music industry, as well as mentoring at-risk kids.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Michael C. Cooney began his education in a Boston school for the handicapped, but soon became one of the first disabled kids in the United States to break the mainstream barrier. His first book, "Walking In My Sleep," is a memoir about growing up with a disability and has now been turned into the documentary set to Premiere at this year's Outside the Box Film Festival!
For more information on the Outside the Box Film Festival, please visit its website at www.bakersfieldfilmfest.com.
One day passes are available for $20
Saturday breakfast mixer — $10 beginning at 8am
Guests to the Festival will have the opportunity to have lunch with actor Joe Mantegna during Saturday’s industry luncheon. Mantenga is the star of CBS's Criminal Minds. He is also notable for his rolls in box office hits such as Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III, Forget Paris, and Up Close & Personal.
Lodging in available at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center for a special $79/night rate.
About Michael C. Cooney
As Founder and President of Exceptional Ability Entertainment, Michael C. Cooney has founded the Exceptional Ability Awards.
He has written a wide collection of reviews and commentaries on music and has worked in film for four years.
In 2010 he traveled to South Korea to speak on disability issues, and today he continues to speak around the world. He lives in Los Angeles.
You can follow Michael C. Cooney on both Facebook and Twitter.
About Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival
The Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival supports and encourages filmmakers, provides networking opportunities, and open dialogue with industry experts, film fans, and attracts local, regional, and national audiences for the annual festival, all while fostering economic, educational, and cultural benefit for the local community.
The OTBBFF hosts competition in four tracks. These include: “Developmental Disabilities Film Track”, “American Veterans Film Track”, “Spiritual Film Track”, and “Mainstream Independent Film Track”. The festival competition is the perfect platform to showcase low to medium budget films and emerging US artists. Each track will provide a forum for features, shorts, and music videos in their respective categories. Generous prizes including cash and post-production packages are awarded to the winning films in each competition category.
The Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival is designed to become a top regional stop for emerging filmmakers and a destination event for cinephiles everywhere.