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Documentary Featuring Gateway Arts Artists, Makes International Debut

CHARLIE, a 25-minute documentary by Lev Omelchenko chronicling a day in the life of Gateway Arts artist Charles Hurvitz, recently made its international premier at the Oska Bright Film Festival in Brighton, United Kingdom.

The festival drew over 2900 film-lovers and took place over November 15 to 17, 2017. Sixty films representing 11 countries were shown. The festival was programmed, managed, and delivered by a team of film enthusiasts with intellectual and developmental disabilities, led by Festival Director Becky Bruzas and Programme Manager Matthew Hellett.

CHARLIE was nominated for the Adult Swim Award for Best International Film. It was screened alongside eight other films highlighting artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from around the world. The screening also featured a talk from two local artists with disabilities, Sarah Watson and William Hanekom, whose exhibition, Wonderland, was held adjacent to the screening.

CHARLIE made its American debut in February of last year the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. You can read our coverage of the event on the Vinfen website. To learn more about Gateway Arts, visit