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Media Advisory: ‘Ink from My Soul’ Screening

WFU student documentary highlights work of local nonprofit, Authoring Action

By Kim McGrath, 336.758.3209, mcgratka@wfu.edu Office of Communications and External Relations

Ink from My Soul,” a 52-minute documentary film exploring the lives of two local teens, will be shown on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C.)

The film will be screened as a work in progress and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Vanessa Moorer and Catherine Weiner, students in Wake Forest University’s Documentary Film Program, directed the film.

“Ink from My Soul” explores the lives of two Reynolds High School teens, Tony Jenkins and Hunter McIntosh, as they seek to overcome life’s challenges. Tony struggles with self-image issues and depression and Hunter, whose father abandoned the family, copes with anger. With help from Authoring Action, a Winston-Salem nonprofit, Tony and Hunter use their writing to work through their emotional struggles. They also share their voices with others in their community who need encouragement. In the film, the teens use flip cameras to document their thoughts on what is happening in their lives.

“These teens let us into their homes, let us listen to their private conversation and let us watch them cry,” said Moorer. “It took courage for them to allow us to film during difficult situations. But we also shared their happy and joyous moments and were able to capture how, through Authoring Action, Tony and Hunter find a way to use their writing to bring healing and purpose to their lives.”

After the screening, Authoring Action teen authors will celebrate their 2012-2013 season with “Awedahcity” (pronounced Audacity) at 3 p.m. The performance is a retrospective of written works, through music and spoken word, exploring the journey toward healing, hope and dreams for themselves, Winston-Salem and the world. Admission is $10, and proceeds help support Authoring Action and SECCA.

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