"The Day We Met" Adoption Documentary In The Making


Hello Hopscotch Families,

I’d like to introduce you to Patricia Carrascal, an audiovisual producer from Argentina. At the moment Patricia is working on a documentary about adoption from around the world. She is searching for families to share their international adoption stories. 

If your family is in the beginning stages of adoption, Patricia would like to record your journey, step by step. Patricia is an adoptive mom and knows it’s a complicated process. Attached you’ll find a flyer with the documentary proposal in more detail.

If your family would like to participate, you can contact Patricia directly at patcarrascal@gmail.com

With encouragement,



You’re Invited: NAFA’s Gala Hosts the Author and Inspiration for the Oscar-Nominated Film "Lion", March 30, 2017




And the Winners Are….. Check Out the 2016 Adoption At The Movies Awards!


How about some family time this weekend? Check out the  2016 Adoption at the Movies Awards Read more.

Have you seen any of these?  What are your thoughts, recommendations, insight into your own experiences?

A New Year And Still They Wait. Let’s Change This Together.

f o u N d – an adoption story

"f o u N d" is a moving video spreading awareness for international adoption and the need for specialized medical care. These are real stories told by the actual children. ‪#‎found‬‪ #‎family‬ ‪#‎adoption‬ #love

Like Found: An Adoption Story on Facebook.

See video.


Closure the Documentary: Transracial adoption complexities and the necessity for closure


A documentary about a trans-racial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn’t know she existed, including her birth father.   A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, CLOSURE.

See video.

Provide Your Message of Family to Child Welfare Officials Around the World

World%20family%20day%202014 Child welfare officials from more than 20 countries will be attending our Global Symposium on Child Permanency this November.

Both Ends Burning is bringing these countries together to address a single topic: How do we get these kids the permanent loving families they deserve?

There has never been a global forum devoted to this topic.

Nor has there ever been an international effort focused on getting kids into families.

Both Ends Burning is committed to starting this effort, and we are doing so beginning with our symposium in November. While many have inquired about attending, this is intended to be a working session, and unfortunately the format is not conducive to public participation

However, you can share your message with these officials by helping us create a FAMILY AROUND THE WORLD video that we will show our guests during the symposium. This short film, showcasing a wide range of diverse families, will be an emotional visual experience of how people from around the world describe what “being a part of a family” means.

Please click here  to submit your family’s message for the "Family Around The World" video. You can either send us a photo of your family with a written quote about how you describe family, or create a short video of your family sharing what family means to you.

Your participation will further our efforts to advocate for "getting kids into families" as a core value of every child welfare program.

Plus, with your help, this could be a really cool video we could share all over the world!

Craig Juntunen
Founder, Both Ends Burning

"In Bloom" Georgian Theatrical Release and Kickstarter Project Information

US Theatrical Premiere: IN BLOOM


Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on…

The film is semi-autobiographical, based loosely on screenwriter and co-director Nana Ekvtimishvili’s memories of her adolescence in early ’90s Tbilisi. Critics have already given the film their strongest support, calling it a "tour de force" and "an enthralling work of cinema" (indiewire), as well as "a beautifully observed slice-of-life drama…built around radiant performances" (Hollywood Reporter). Variety has observed in re: the film that "Georgia is the new Romania." is astonishingly fluid, with numerous long takes moving to observe the action unfolding–a forbidden party of teenage girls; a kidnapping; the aftermath of a violent crime; a wedding dance, performed as much in mourning as in celebration.

"STUCK" Screening with Hopscotch Adoptions and High Point University, NOVEMBER 14 2013


The Dark Matter of Love Debute in NYC

Dear Friends,

The Dark Matter of Love is playing on BBC4 in the UK tonight & making its US premiere in New York on the 17th of November.

Our BBC broadcast is Pick of the Day in The Sunday Times, The Independent, Radio Times & just about every newspaper and Time Out gave us a four star review.

  • BBC4 10pm Tonight

  • Time Out Four Star Review

We make our US premiere at Doc NYC on the 17th of November & tickets will sell out fast so if you know anyone in New York you think might like to see the film please send them the below link so they don’t miss out.

  • Click here for tickets to our NYC Premiere 17th November

  • Meet & Greet with Director Sarah McCarthy in New York

We have 20 tickets to an exclusive meet and greet with director Sarah McCarthy after our New York premiere to give away. The first 20 people to buy a ticket to our Doc NYC screening and email info@thedarkmatteroflove.com with the subject – SEE YOU AT MISS LILY’S – will be put on the guest list for the after party.

The Dark Matter Team at our Toronto Film Festival Premiere

If you know people in New York please post our Doc NYC link to your Facebook page, tag your NYC buddies and let them know about our after party competition.

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Music to Madness – the Story of Komitas" to Benefit SOAR

“Music to Madness – the Story of Komitas” to Benefit SOAR

A new film, “Music to Madness – the Story of Komitas,” about the life of Komitas, the famous Armenian priest and musical composer who was an orphan and who suffered tragically during the Armenian Genocide, is nearing completion.  To complete the film, a fundraising campaign has just launched on Indiegogo.  Details about “Music to Madness – the Story of Komitas,” including a trailer and Reward Perks for financial contributions, are provided on Indiegogo.

ALL net revenues from the sale and distribution of the film will go to SOAR

Please consider helping with the fundraising campaign, not only through a financial contribution, but also by spreading the word (email, phone, social networking) about the film.  This is your opportunity to help tell the world about Komitas and the Armenian Genocide and to help Armenian orphaned children throughout the world.

Thank you in advance for your support!

The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children and adults. Working with a loyal donor base and a trusted network of partners, SOAR distributes clothing, educational supplies, medicine, and other essential resources to orphaned Armenians throughout the world.

1060 First Avenue, Suite 400, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Office: 610.213.3452   Fax: 610.229.5168
Email: gyacoubian@soar-us.org   Web: www.soar-us.org

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