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"Beyond the Chair" Film Screening at Pomona College

The film “Beyond the Chair” follows Andrew (Drew) Shelly, who has muscular dystrophy, leaving him in a wheelchair. The film documents his trek around the world: New Zealand, Cambodia and India. Drew, the film crew and the award-winning film editor Tina Imahara will be at the screening. Admission is free for Claremont Colleges students, staff and faculty and $10 for the general public.  The screening will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The event is co-sponsored by the International Student Mentor Program.

As a 29-year-old engineer, Drew was terrified by the prospect of both being stuck in a 9 to 5 job and the possibility of watching the man he wanted to be drift away. Diagnosed at birth with muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease, and needing a wheelchair before the age of 25, he felt his life was circumscribed by his illness—bringing him to a crossroads and the decision to embark on a backpacking journey around the globe to find his true self.

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For more information, contact: or (909) 607-7381.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.