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AMERICAN BEAR Filmmakers Spread the Message of Kindness to Palm Springs Through Film and Action.

Countless cities, new faces, life stories, different beds, sixty days, and one camera have taken filmmakers Sarah Sellman and Gregory Grano on the film adventure of their lives. Their documentary film, American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers will show it’s first preview screening at the American Documentary Film Festival at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs this Friday, April 5th at 4:30 PM and again this Saturday, April 6th at 7PM at Century Theaters at the River in Rancho Mirage. This couple isn’t just coming to Palm Springs to screen their film; they are also coming to spread some intentional acts of kindness through a structured event the day before the screening.

American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers follows Sarah and Greg as they travel the country relying on strangers for a home each night inspired by Grano’s sleep talking – “We have to go to Bear, Colorado!” Although, Bear, CO does not exist, there are five other Bears throughout the United States making a perfect horseshoe between Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Arkansas, and Delaware – leading the couple on a 30-state journey fueled by the kindness of strangers. American Bear invites audiences to experience the adventure themselves, explore American culture, and the beautiful kindness of strangers that's hiding around every corner of every small town and big city across the country.

Since completing the film, the couple continues to spread and inspire kindness in others in the spirit of American Bear through kindness events in cities across the country.  During the days before the screening at the American Documentary Film Festival, Sellman will be creating an event to encourage and spread kindness in Palm Springs. Sellman and Grano have also sponsored random kindness initiatives around the country, including a countrywide event that was featured in the Huffington Post and on Yahoo News. One event included handing out homemade cupcakes to Strangers in Denver, CO, and another cold water and popsicles on a hot day in Boston, MA. They have partnered with several kindness organizations, and work most actively in Syracuse, NY where they currently live.

The documentary will be held at 2300 E Baristo Road in Palm Springs at Camelot Theatres, Auditorium #1 on April 5th, and 71800 Highway 111,Ste A-137 on April 6th. The tickets are $10.00 and all ages are permitted. 

For Tickets and/or More Information,


The American Documentary Film Festival
April 4-8, 2013

Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Cinemark Century Theatres at The River

71800 Hwy 111Suite A-137
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


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