Teen’s award winning short on adoption to premier at Kentucky Theatre

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Orphaned Courage, Josiah Stendel
Still from Josiah Stendel's Orphaned Courage short film.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – 15-year-old filmmaker Josiah Stendel, who wrote, directed, and produced the short film Orphaned Courage,  will have his work screened at the Kentucky Theatre on Thursday, September 22.

The film, created to raise money and awareness for adoption, explores the challenges of identity and true meaning of family.

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“Having four adopted cousins makes this story all the more real to me,” says Josiah, now 16. “I truly hope that everyone seeing this film leaves with a new understanding of who they were born to be.”

The Orphaned Courage story is much bigger than the screen. Limited resources didn’t shackle Josiah; he juiced every ounce of his small budget to produce a film that would raise money and awareness for a Kentucky adoption fund. Over 40 professionals from four different states came together for the vision of the project. “It was amazing to see our local communities came together to make this a reality. I am so thankful for the people and businesses in Central Kentucky who helped me with the production of this film,” says Josiah.

The film was shot throughout Wilmore, Nicholasville, Richmond, Lexington, and Cincinnati, OH. Locals jumped on board for the cause by donating equipment, meals, props, and more.

From vision to final edit, the yearlong process will be culminating in a red carpet premiere event on September 22 from 7:30pm-10:00pm at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. Following the 30 minute film there will be a Q&A session with cast members and drawing for door prizes. VIP tickets include prime seating and a meet-and-greet reception. VIP tickets are $30.00; general admission is $12.50.

Profits raised from the premiere will be donated to an adoption assistance organization, the ABBA Fund, which helps Kentucky families cover adoption costs through financial assistance of interest-free loans.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.showclix.com/event/orphaned-courage

More about Orphaned Courage: http://www.orphanedcourage.com/

More about Josiah Stendel and his production company: www.menlolights.com.

More about the ABBA Fund: http://www.abbafund.org