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Blind Teen Directs Inspirational Documentary

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Producer Tim Greene stands with 15-year-old Elizabeth Harrington at the D.C. debut of their documentary, "From Tragedy to Triumph."
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Producer Tim Greene stands with 15-year-old Elizabeth Harrington at the D.C. debut of their documentary, "From Tragedy to Triumph."

Elizabeth Harrington, 15, is a little less than 5 feet tall and walks with a cane. She has cerebral palsy and is slowly losing her vision. But that's not stopping her from pursuing a visually creative endeavor.

She's a filmmaker, and is releasing an inspirational documentary she helped direct.

"I write stories about kids who overcome challenges, and mostly with physically disabilities," she says. "My best friend is also blind."

In her first short film she debuted in D.C. over the weekend, Harrington tackles the issue of children growing up in rough neighborhoods.

Producer Tim Greene, who runs production workshops for children all over the country, says it was Harrington's bright spirit on their one-day film shoot that brought the story alive.

"When she's on the set, she's happy," he says. "She smiles all the time and right there, she's going to change people's lives."

Harrington's mother, Debbie, supports her daughter's aspirations.

"She's been in quite a few plays," says her mother. "You have to find organizations that are not afraid of the disabilities. But once you get her in it, you are no longer afraid of what she can or cannot do because you realize that she is quite capable."

Harrington's film, "From Tragedy to Triumph," screens at film festivals and public workshops around the country.


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