Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Four amateur film makers, inspired by the cause of breast cancer awareness, made their big screen debut Thursday at the Historic Palace Theatre.
The local nurses’ work is entered in the 2012 Pink Glove Dance Video contest, voting in which begins at 1 p.m. today at www.pinkglovedance.com.
Briody Health Care Facility employees Nancy Babis, Anne VanBenschoten, Mary Livergood and Sindee Garlock conceived and produced the video to try winning money for a UB nursing instructor who’s developing an online self-help program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Briody video “stars” over 100 area residents moving to the groove of Jay Sean’s “Down,” and showing off Lockport’s spirited, supportive side.
Briody staff members, elderly male and female residents, American Legion auxiliarans, Mayor Michael Tucker, city police officers and firefighters, Niagara County Sheriff’s staff, Optimists, Rotarians, Boy Scouts, even the Niagara County Harley Owners Group, proudly waved pink-gloved hands for the camera in support of the contest entry.
“Many people are stars now, and they will be giving autographs in the lobby afterward,” Briody administrator Anne Briody Petock joked as she introduced the 3-minute, 20-second video Thursday evening on the Palace stage.
Applause from the audience of 80 or so viewers felt genuine and appreciative.
Lockport resident Bobbi Harper, who was not in the video, said she’ll vote for it in the Pink Glove contest, and not just because it’s local.
“That was fun,” she said after watching it. “And they did a great job (producing) it.”
Harper is a board member of LCTV, which loaned cameras to the Briody team and trained them in shooting, editing and other technical aspects of film making.
Considering they were all novices, Executive Director Tom Riley said, “we were really impressed with how well they did.”