Inglis Foundation co-presents the inspirational documentary SHOOTING BEAUTY at BMFI

March 8, 2011

Bryn Mawr, PABryn Mawr Film Institute will feature Shooting Beauty, a documentary about one photographer’s efforts to develop cameras accessible to people with disabilities and the art project that emerged as a result, on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00pm. Shown in conjunction with the Inglis Foundation, the event will also include a screening of the short film “Mental Shape: The Art of Robinson Fredenthal”, which was produced and filmed by residents of Inglis House.

Shooting Beauty is a moving documentary chronicling fashion photographer Courtney Bent’s ten-year relationship with the residents of a center for people living with extreme disabilities. In the course of making the film, Bent drops her preconceived notions about the nature of disability and embarks on a project to invent cameras that are accessible to her new friends. The film’s overlapping stories of friendship, acceptance, innovation, love, and loss culminate in the award-winning photography exhibition, “Picture This”. Shooting Beauty is not rated and runs 62 minutes.

Shooting Beauty is co-presented by the Inglis Foundation, and will be followed by a screening of the short film “Mental Shape: The Art of Robinson Fredenthal,” which was produced and filmed by residents of Inglis House. “Mental Shape” explores the work of Inglis House resident and renowned sculptor Robinson Fredenthal. Initially interested in pursuing a career in architecture, the onset of Parkinson’s Disease interrupted his studies and he turned instead to an artistic investigation of sculptural geometries, creating 3-D models and sculptures from metal and cardboard. Fredenthal has received the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award and the National Endowment for the Arts for his work, which is on display throughout Philadelphia—including at the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Plaza, and Market Street—and across the nation. Find out more about Robinson Fredenthal and his art at

The Inglis Foundation provides programs and services that enable people with disabilities to achieve their goals and live lives of independence. Inglis House is a skilled nursing care facility in Philadelphia for people living with physical disabilities. Inglis House is known for its social enrichment programs that support its residents’ interests, hobbies, and educational goals. Visit for more information.

Tickets for Shooting Beauty are $7.00 general admission and $5.00 for Bryn Mawr Film Institute members. Purchase tickets in advance at the Box Office, or online at For a full schedule of upcoming events and classes, visit

About Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater and transforming it into the region’s preeminent film entertainment and education center. Founded in 2002 by Main Line academic, business, and civic leaders, Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a daily program of first-run and repertory art and independent films and provides a comprehensive film studies curriculum, including courses, workshops, discussions, guest lecturers, visual literacy programs, and student screening opportunities. To learn about upcoming events or find news about the theater’s restoration project, visit, or write to


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High resolution film stills available upon request. Contact Devin Wachs.