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March 27, 2014

Documentary to be screened tonight

NORMAN — The one story journalist and filmmaker Brent Weber has spent the last seven years wanting to tell is finally being told.

Weber’s documentary, “Real Live Angels,” shows the lives of people living with developmental and physical disabilities participating at a camp in Texas.

The 45-minute documentary is being screened free to the public at 6 tonight in Room 1140 at The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 395 W. Lindsey St. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Weber originally started taking a camera on weekends in 2007 to film stories to air during Fox 25’s morning newscast, where he also was the anchor. One of the stories he started filming featured the lives of people at Camp Summit, where his daughter volunteered while studying acting at the University of Texas-Arlington.

Camp Summit, located in Argyle, Texas, provides outdoor experiences to people of all ages living with disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

Weber didn’t have the opportunity to complete the story about Camp Summit until he started working at the University of Oklahoma as an adjunct professor and graduate student.

He needed a documentary topic for research to complete his master’s degree at OU. Weber remembered wanting to know more about the experiences of those involved with Camp Summit in 2007, so he went back to Texas to finish filming footage for “Real Live Angels” in February this year.

Weber viewed his experience chronicling the stories of people he sees as “real live angels” as eye-opening.

“We know now that just because people look like they can’t do something doesn’t mean they can’t do something. I think we can take another step forward in changing people’s attitudes. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to make this film,” Weber said.

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