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“To Touch the Soul” Slated for the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival with Four Nominations

“To Touch the Soul” documentary about art and AIDS nominated for four awards at Oct. 27 screening during the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, October 24, 2007 --( “To Touch the Soul,” a 70-minute feature-length documentary about the experiences of artist educator and social activist, Carlos Silveira, and 27 California State University, Long Beach students who traveled to Cambodia to create art projects with impoverished children impacted by HIV/AIDS, is among the films scheduled for the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, running Thursday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 28., in Des Moines, Iowa. Directed by Ryan Goble, with cinematography by Erin Henning and narration by Cassandra Hepburn, the film captures the emotional context as Carlos and the students bond with the children and discover the true meaning of kindness, selflessness and courage.

Nominated for four awards, Best Documentary, Best Debut, Best Director of a Feature and Best Feature, “To Touch the Soul” will screen on Saturday, Oct. 27, 4:15 p.m., at the Fleur Cinema and Café, 4545 Fleur Drive.

“My team and I are overwhelmed by the response to our film by the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival and thank the organizers for making us a part of their event. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to share this story with the Des Moines community,” said Teresa Hagen, producer and owner of Cut Loose Productions, located in Rancho Palos Verdes. “It was a privilege to follow Dr. Silveira and his students as they worked with Cambodian youth who are either infected with HIV/AIDS or have become orphans due to their parents dying from the disease (a population expected to grow to 108,700 over the next five years). Seeing these children, some abandoned by their families and all by society, happy and joyous despite their circumstances was wondrous to behold, and they became the mentors who empowered the Americans to turn outward from themselves and realize a global need for their energy, passion and new ideas.”

“I focused on capturing both the beauty that surrounds Cambodia and the tragedy that hides within,” commented Goble, who is making his feature film directorial debut. “Our goal was to make the viewer feel like they were in Phnom Penh working with these kids. We chose to use the point of view of the Cal State Long Beach students because they had no idea what to expect when they arrived. They were naïve. That’s easy to relate to because the majority of the viewers have probably never worked with Cambodian children infected with H.I.V.”

“To Touch the Soul,” which recently won a prestigious Best of Show Award as well as an Honorable Mention (motivational/inspirational category) from the Accolade Competition, features original music by composer Martin Herman. The Accolade recognizes film, television and video professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.

For information on purchasing tickets for the screening, visit Contact Teresa Hagen at 310-346-3650 or via e-mail at; or visit to learn more about “To Touch the Soul.”

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