2016-05-19 / Community News

‘Hooked’ to be shown in Biddeford June 9

Project AWARE youth filmmakers premiere their short movie, “Hooked,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Biddeford High School Little Theater. Created to raise awareness about opiate misuse and addiction, the evening will include a discussion with expert youth and adults. Teen-created PSAs on consent and relationship abuse as well as music and poetry performances are also featured. The event is presented through a collaborative effort with the University of New England, Project Alliance, Coastal Healthy Communities, Young People in Recovery and Engine.

Youth from Long Creek Youth Development Center and a team of 18 students who attended the Project AWARE Film Institute in Biddeford created the movie and two PSAs. The summer program supports teens in telling real life stories in a powerful way. Young people create movies that address social issues and make a difference. The institute 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.

The movie is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. It is recommended to reserve a seat by writing to Project AWARE at projectaware@maine.rr.com or calling 282-5598. Include full name, email and number of seats to reserve.

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