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Gonzaga Presents Award-Winning Film ‘Different Drummers’ Dec. 9; Free, All Welcome

(Photo courtesy of Different Drummers Productions)

“Different Drummers” focuses on the friendship between Lyle, who is challenged with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and his best friend David, who is in a wheelchair with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (Photo courtesy of Different Drummers Productions)

SPOKANE, Wash. – “Different Drummers,” the film based on a true story of the spiritual journey and unlikely friendship between two fourth-grade boys growing up in Spokane during the 1960s, will air at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the John J. Hemmingson Center Auditorium at Gonzaga University. The event is free and open to the public.

Filmed in Spokane, “Different Drummers” (2013) focuses on the friendship between Lyle, who is challenged with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and his best friend David, who is in a wheelchair with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. When David accurately predicts the death of their fourth-grade teacher, and says God told him, Lyle decides to test the existence of God by trying to get David to run again.

Directors Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher say the movie has a powerful impact on audiences due to the genuine and realistic handling of the issues portrayed in the film, including childhood disabilities, ADHD, friendship, and the existence of God. The character of Lyle in the film is based on Hatcher as a child.

Jerri Shepard, associate professor in the School of Education, will introduce the film. A panel discussion immediately following the film will include Hatcher, Sima Thorpe, executive director of The Arc of Spokane, and Lukas Bratcher, a Whitworth University alumnus who has presented at Gonzaga’s classes on cultural diversity.

“Different Drummers” has received multiple awards, and is the creation of Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher and their Washington-based company, Different Drummers Productions. The film relates to multiple academic disciplines, including education, counseling, psychology, religion and diversity.

The event is sponsored by the Gonzaga School of Education’s Diversity and Social Justice Committee and Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center.

For more information visit the website at: http://differentdrummersmovie.com.

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