Biddeford Movie Project

Project AWARE will partner with the Biddeford School Department to engage over 130 teens and adults in the Biddeford Reel Life Project and create a of 30 minute dramatic movie that raises awareness about substance abuse, sexual health, family issues and stress amongst teens. The movie and accompanying features will also explore the cultural heritage of Biddeford from a youth perspective. The programs will be produced by teens, with the support of Project AWARE in 2013 and early 2014.

The program includes teens who are at-risk and will result in the support of numerous teachers, parents and other community members; service learning opportunities and increase of the marketable skills of young people; improved climate for teens at school and in their community as they work on a project together with adults to make a difference; a special Premiere event at the Biddeford City Theater focused on celebrating youth; and a 30 minute movie on DVD, with accompanying educational special features, which will be used as a learning tool for the City, it’s schools and beyond.

The Project AWARE Reel Life Program includes the Summer Film Institute for youth as well as targeted filmmaking that produces high quality, dramatic educational short movies and PSAs created by young people. The program supports teens in telling real life stories in a powerful way.Young people create impactful, high quality movies that address social issues and make a difference. Simply put, the process changes their lives. The Reel Life Program simultaneously empowers and builds sense of worth in the youth, while also providing up-to-date information to the broader community. The dialogue that follows plays a critical role in beginning to shift social norms resulting in healthier young people. It also increases marketable skills in students as they prepare themselves for the job market. As a result of this program, teens with the support of Project AWARE, have produced over 20 PSAs and 9 movies with 5 more in production about issues including prescription drug abuse, bullying, adult role modeling, teen sexual health, and more. Collaborators have included the Maine Department of Education, Acadia Hospital, City of Sanford, City of Biddeford, and Family Planning Association of Maine.

Project AWARE is thrilled to be offering Reel Life in the Biddeford community! We also want to thank our sponsors: City of Biddeford, Biddeford Savings Bank, P & C Insurance, Peoples Choice Credit Union, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and Kennebunk Savings Bank.

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