Winston-Salem, NC -- The UNC School of the Arts an event that will feature 143 films from 35 different countries.
The cast and crew of 'Susie's Hope,' a film about the a woman and a dog who fought to stiffen animal abuse laws in North Carolina, were in attendance as their film premiered at the school's Main Theatre Saturday.
'Susie's Hope' tells the story of Susie's Law and how it came to be. Donna Lawrence, the survivor of a pit bull attack, adopted an abandoned pitbull mix, Susie, who was the victim of severe abuse from her previous owner.
The two started a grassroots campaign, which led to stricter penalties for animal abusers in North Carolina--Susie's Law.
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The cast includes Emmanuelle Vaugier of "CSI: NY," and local actress Megan Blake.
The festival, in its 15th year, runs from April 12-21 and draws movie buffs and even big Hollywood names to the Triad each year. Executive Director Andrew Rodgers said this year's event has a budget of more than $500,000, which is covered mostly by donations. Rodgers estimates the festival has an economic impact of $2 million on the Winston-Salem area.
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