Archive for May, 2011

Project AWARE Summer Film Institute for Teens

May 27th, 2011

Do you think teens could benefit from creating high quality film that makes a difference while guided by experienced movie-making professionals?

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If so, there is still space in Project AWARE 4th annual Summer Film Institute to be held in August. Click here for the flyer. Spread the word and act now before it fills up! For more info and to register call Project AWARE at 207-282-5598 or write to .

This institute is hands-on. Attendees of this summer day camp, located in Saco Maine, learn new movie making skills, build their resumes, process their own experiences, and bond with peers while making a difference. The content is created by the youth, very high quality and about issues we hear about every day on the news.

It has been life-changing for many attendees (use active links below for more information) :

  •  two (13 and 14 years old) attendees created a PSA on parenting that ultimately served as the basis for Project AWARE’s 3rd movie Influenced. This award-winning movie was created at the 2009 institute and is available on DVD.
  • 10 Sanford kids who attended the Institute went back to school, got involved in their film club, and created the award-winning movie April’s Heart
  • a young women returned to her school and created a PSA with her new skills; it received rave reviews and the commercial was picked up, re-produced professionally and aired nationally.
  • A PSA created on teen pregnancy has received over 130,000 views on You Tube and has sparked deep conversation about this contentious issue.
  • Recently an 8th grader used his PSA and story on bullying in his hometown; it now airs on broadcast TV in Maine and he was nominated and chosen as a top 10 finalist for a $10,000 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award from thousands of applicants nationwide.
  • 4 young women created a powerful video about sexual assault as they processed their own childhood experiences. Sexual Assault Response Services is planning to use the PSA for education in schools.
  • finally, a 14 year old teen was able to write, direct, and lead in her own movie about the healthy passions of youth. A Shoestring for Mackenzie is planned for a Fall 2011 release.

Once there, kids are engaged and excited about this work. Help us with outreach – change a young person’s life!

Spread the word! List-servs, schools, parents, kids and many other venues are possible choices for networking.