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Hollywood Stars Flock to Salisbury for Movie Premier

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SALISBURY, Md.- It's not every day that producers, directors, and actors leave Hollywood, and come to Salisbury, but that's exactly what happened Saturday afternoon. The movie "Cinemability" had a premier showing, with the attendance of various Hollywood elite, including RJ Mitte, the starring actor of "Breaking Bad."

Mitte, who played Walter Junior on the hit AMC show was there to help celebrate the premier of the documentary which focused on the "ever-changing portrayals of disabled people in film and TV. The 21-year-old has cerebral palsy, and said movies like these are important.

"Television and film is a very big deal," he said. "What people see on the media and what people see on television. It's what people relate to."

The movie follows the portrayal of disabled people through multiple generations of filmmaking. Actors such as Ben Affleck, Jamie Fox, Helen Hunt and many more were interviewed for the documentary.

"There's 11 million people around the world with disabilities," Mitte said. "But only two percent of people are represented in film and television that have disabilities. Now, think about that. Everyone wants someone that they can look at and they can see and say that's me."

Inside the theater, Director Jenni Gold was enjoying the premier. She had been working on the project for nearly a decade.     

"It's great," she said as champaigne popped from the corner of the room. "The people of Salisbury have been very warm and inviting and enthusiastic about us bringing 'Cinemability' to Salisbury." 

The movie samples more than 130 clips from the silent era to the modern age. Examples of movies included are The Elephant Man, Forest Gump, and Avatar.

"The message is one of inclusion," said Gold. "And that's what we're calling this campaign: The campaign for inclusion."

Salisbury is the second stop of more than ten cities which will host a premier before the movie is released on a wider scale after the new year. Mitte said he has been involved with the project for six years since he was just 15-years-old.

"Anyone can achieve anything," he said. "Having a disability is just one more thing that you have knowledge about that no one will ever understand."

The screening benefited many local organizations such as MAC Inc, The Somerset Wellness Center, and the Lower Shore Enterprises. A portion of the tickets, which were $15, will go to these organizations.

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