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4-H calls on Missouri to ‘Commit to be Kind’ with Marshall the Miracle Dog film

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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:32 pm

Sneak peak to be held March 7 at ConnXtion Entertainment

Marshall has chosen Missouri, his home state, in partnership with 4-H, for a sneak peak of his new movie, Marshall the Miracle Dog, on Saturday, March 7, at 10:00 am at ConnXtion Entertainment in Mountain Grove.  Marshall visited the Mountain Grove and Houston School Districts during an assembly in November.  Students were left with Marshall’s inspiring anti-bullying message.  “This is a great chance to reiterate the meaningful messages Marshall provides and see an excellent family film,” Emery said.  Marshall is calling upon all fellow Missourians to join he and all of his friends at over 40 theaters across the state as Missouri “Commits to Be Kind.” A 4-H social and meeting will be held at Connxtion Entertainment following the film for any families interested in seeing what 4-H is all about.  “4-H doesn’t just happen at the fair. I hope everyone will stick around after the movie and see the wonderful opportunities 4-H can offer your family.  4-H is a place where everyone is valued, and there are project opportunities for all interests,” Emery said.

The “Commit to Be Kind” weekend is a statewide effort focused on bullying prevention and the mistreatment of animals.  University of Missouri Extension 4-H as well as hundreds of schools and animal shelters, from all 114 counties in Missouri, will join forces to make the kind of difference that comes only with a commitment to kindness.  The “real” Marshall will be making appearances at several of the theaters throughout the weekend.

Marshall the Miracle Dog reveals how friendship can be found in the most unsuspecting of places.  More importantly, this family film reaffirms that everyone – even bullies – have the ability to change for the better and become a positive influence in the lives of others.  Audiences will be left with Marshall’s paw print on their heart.  

Inspired by Marshall’s true story, Marshall the Miracle Dog shares the adventure of Finn, a 13-year-old boy, who has become the target of bullies at his new school.  Finn is feeling hopeless – that is, until he finds Marshall being caged up by a dog-hoarder in deplorable conditions.  The bond of friendship is immediate.  Finn knows he must rescue Marshall, but Marshall has been abused by the other dogs and needs to see the vet right away.  The race against the bullies, against the dog hoarder, and against time, is on.  In the end, it is Marshall who leads everyone to a place of change, forgiveness, and friendship.

Marshall the Miracle Dog received the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the St. Louis International Film Festival. The film was also awarded “Best Family Film” at the Wild Rose Film Festival, and the Belleville News Democrat hailed it as the “Best Family Film” in 2014.  The Dove Foundation awarded the film “4 out of 5 Doves”, and approved the film for “all ages”.  The movie trailer can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/118545170.

The “Commit to be Kind” weekend is being presented in conjunction with Missouri 4-H, the Humane Society of Missouri, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Character Plus.  

Ten percent of all ticket sales will be benefiting Missouri 4-H.  Ticket cost as follows: adults: $8, children 4 to 11: $6.50, and children 3 and under are free.

For more information on local 4-H clubs, contact Janice Emery, 4-H youth development specialist, at the University of Missouri Texas County Extension office at (417) 967-4545 or by email at emeryjd@missouri.edu.