PALM DESERT – A Coachella Valley High School teacher will screen his new film, Parts of Disease, to raise funds for his school’s cheer team on October 18 at California State University San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus.
A screening admission will be provided for any donation of $25, or $35 per couple, to the CVHS cheer team. The screening begins at 6 p.m.
English teacher Simon Moore is hosting this screening to raise funds for the team’s travel to Hawaii to perform during the NFL Pro Bowl. The team earned a “Superior” ranking during a summer cheer camp to land the coveted spot
“Teachers are programmed to preach to students to follow their dreams and all that stuff, though few teachers actually do,” said Moore, a teacher at CVHS since 2007. “I wanted to send the message to students, teachers and everyone, everywhere, that if you plan right, and have the right team, there is little an individual cannot accomplish.”
Following the screening, there will be a question and answer session with the cast and crew of Parts of Disease. Moore says the independent feature film promotes awareness of violence and domestic terrorism. In 2000, Moore, whose twin brother David is a Fontana detective, experienced domestic violence when their younger sister was murdered in a domestic violence relationship.
“We respond to these calls, they should never be our own sister,” recalled David Moore. This event caused the Moore family to understand how violence in the United States can affect anyone.
Simon Moore plans to enter the film into festivals around country, including Tribeca Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Moore said holding this fundraiser is his way of paying forward the support he has received in the past.
“Last year, when my Health Academy and tennis team needed help fundraising for travel, I was helped by someone who was not obligated in any way to help. The CVHS cheer team needs funds for their NFL Pro Bowl travel.
“It’s my turn to help.”