Maine’s Project AWARE, an independent non-profit organization that supports young people to raise awareness about issues that affect them, is announcing their new project – A Shoestring for Mackenzie, which will premiere in Fall 2011!
In January 2010, through their Advanced Summer Film Institute 2009, Project AWARE asked for idea submissions for a movie to be shot during the following year. Ema Jane Hutchins, a Sophomore at Sanford High School, and a crew member of Project AWARE films responded with a powerful story; A Shoestring for Mackenzie is a short, moving message about the healthy passions of youth, chronicling the life of a 17-year-old girl who had experienced challenging times and now lives the life she wants.
In Spring 2010, Hutchins was able to bring her story to life with the help of Project AWARE, Gum Spirits, and other teens from the area, Ruby DayBranch, Gus Minnott, and Emma DayBranch, in a 20-page screenplay, which was shot over one week in August. Characters and cast were selected from experienced youth from around the state. Now in post production, A Shoestring for Mackenzie is expected to premiere in the Fall of 2011 and be available on DVD as a resource for schools and communities who wish to inspire and educate youth about following their dreams and passions; a trailer for the film can be seen below.
Project AWARE, parents and other youth will work on raising the funds needed to complete the movie. If you want to help in any way to bring this amazing youth project to the finish line please e-mail Project AWARE at [email protected] or call at 207-282-5598. Also, be sure to keep tabs on the production and become a fan on their Facebook page.