We are sad to share today that Rick Turner, founder of The Meaningful Movies Project (MMP), passed away on December 16, 2016, from an acute flare-up of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease he was diagnosed with six years ago. Rick had also been diagnosed earlier this year with acute myeloid leukemia, and had undergone chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.
Rick was a long-time supporter of the Social Justice Film festival, contributing enthusiasm and encouragement and each year helping to further the festival’s mission.
Above all, he was passionate about and tirelessly committed to the vision for Meaningful Movies: educating people about social justice issues, while at the same time building bonds between people. And to have fun while doing it! Rick ignited an amazing spark and grew it into a fire that is now nurturing communities far and wide.
Rick, you will be missed by all of us at the SJFF. Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of social justice.