For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (November 2, 2006) – Fifteen students who participated in Raising 100,000 Voices, a Media Literacy Community Education project encouraging young people to share the issues they face as emerging adults, have produced a new animated short film, Livin' Life: Teens' Voices, which premieres at the High Falls Film Festival on Saturday, November 11 at 5 p.m. at the Little Theatre (back), 240 East Avenue. WXXI Public Broadcasting and the University of Rochester Medical Center partnered with a community coalition, The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood, to conduct Raising 100,000 Voices. The project began in October 2005 and stemmed from a national outreach effort that was designed to help in understanding and communicating the needs and assets of the community from the point of view of those emerging into adulthood. The animated short film is a continuation of this Raising 100,000 Voices project.

Livin' Life: Teens' Voices was produced in collaboration with the High Falls Film Festival’s annual youth animation workshop at Animatus Animation Studio. The film is a remarkable animated short that reflects critical aspects of teens’ lives. The students who participated in the festival’s animation workshop were part of the original Raising 100,000 Voices group of 100 Rochester teens who were given digital video cameras and asked to produce 3-minute documentaries on issues that concerned them. Some of those documentaries will be part of the Young Filmmakers Festival, the High Falls Film Festival’s juried competition for high school students, shown at the Little Theatre 1 on Thursday, November 9 at 6:55 p.m.

The young filmmakers of Livin' Life: Teens' Voices came from various community organizations and schools in the greater Rochester area including the City of Rochester's Department of Parks and Recreation, Community Place of Greater Rochester and Sector 8 Youth-Adult Partnership project, Grace Community Village, Inc., St. Joseph's Villa, Global Media Arts High School of Rochester City School District, and United Way of Seneca County - SURGE After School Program. All of the participating filmmakers will receive free passes to selected films and events at the High Falls Film Festival.

Livin' Life: Teens' Voices was made possible by a partnership of High Falls Film Festival, Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood, WXXI Public Broadcasting, the University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry, Animatus Animation Studio, and Maverick Media Solutions. The project was funded in part by the National Center for Outreach, and, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.


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