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Hope and healing: 'Bubble Girl' from director Peter McGennis premieres at North Park

For his newest movie, filmmaker Peter McGennis (“Buffalo Bushido,” “Queen City”) wanted to focus on the children in Buffalo.

So he spent time over five years on "Bubble Girl," which he made mostly at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center where he followed the same young cast fighting to overcome illness with the help of an imaginary friend. The 60-minute film is ultimately about hope and the healing power of the imagination.

"Children were definitely the right messengers for the film to deliver a state of hope and wonder that’s unique to our city," McGennis said about "Bubble Girl." "I felt I needed to reach a point in my life, as both parent and artist, to have access to this story. It’s been quite a journey and to share it with these kids has been special."

"Bubble Girl" will be shown at 5 p.m. July 14 and 7 p.m. July 15 in the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). McGennis will introduce the screening on July 14. For the July 15 screening, he also will be on hand afterward for a question-and-answer session. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the Courage of Carly Fund.

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