Monday, January 18, 2010

For a good cause....Special Benefit on February 27, 2010

Romanian Children’s Relief
Fundatia Inocenti
11 Latisquama Road, Southborough

MA 01772
(508) 303-6299


Contact: Eileen McHenry

Hand Held Documentary
produced by
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Don Hahn, follows founder of Boston Relief Group, Mike Carroll

Carroll is also author of the book, Picturing the Possible

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, Dec. 6, 2009 – Hand Held is the new documentary film produced and directed by two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Don Hahn. The film follows Mike Carroll, a Pepperell, MA-based photographer whose incredible photos in THE BOSTON GLOBE opened the eyes of the world to the Romanian AIDS and orphans crisis in 1990 and also led to the start of Romanian Children’s Relief, an award-winning charity now serving 1,600 Romanian children and families each year.

Hand Held is the story of Mike Carroll’s 20 year odyssey working to bring help to a population of children in need, in a country he hardly knew. It is a glimpse of the horror of a communist dictatorship and the possibilities within each and every one of us to be the change that we hope for in the world.

On Saturday, February 27, 2010, there will be a special Benefit Screening of Hand Held at WGBH Studios, Boston. Tickets are available for $75 or $150 on the Romanian Children’s Relief website at Event sponsorships are also available.

Director Hahn has been shooting in Boston, Bucharest and Transylvania for nearly two years on this extraordinary motion picture about one guy with a camera, a band of New Englanders, a hundred and sixty thousand orphans, and the unforgettable story of how they changed each other’s lives forever.

Mike Carroll is also the author of the soon to be released, Picturing the Possible, a personal account of the start of Romanian Children’s Relief and Fundatia Inocenti, told through an incredible collection of beautiful photographs taken by Carroll in Romania over the past 20 years.

Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR) is a 501c3 charity supporting Romanian children and families to prevent child abandonment. With an annual budget of $250,000 a band of thrifty New Englanders continues to support the work of 22 Romanian staff, a part time US-based administrator and more than 400 volunteers working with 1,600 children in Romania each year.

Hand Held is produced by Stone Circle Pictures. For more information and to view the trailer, go to

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