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PBS provides Canvas for "The Painter"
Award winning anti-violence short film "The Painter" competes for top honors in PBS Shorts Showcase.
Filmed at Columbia College’s Media Production Center and featuring a cast of Chicago South Side youth, The Painter portrays a boy who lives in a world where violence surrounds him and his sole means of survival is to escape through his art. Amarok worked with two highly regarded Chicago organizations that help children living in high-risk neighborhoods:
“There is no single social issue in our cities more tragic than the killing of children and young people in high-risk neighborhoods. Children do not make choices about where they are born, and yet each day in America there are what equate to child soldiers struggling to survive due to the constant violence in their neighborhoods. We’d like to thank PBS for its support of The Painter allowing us to be one more outspoken voice asking ourselves as a nation 'What are we doing to help these innocent children?’” – stated writer/director Kevin Cooper .
Critically recognized by top tier festivals around the world, this film has screened at 12 international festivals and has been featured on Indiewire (http://blogs.indiewire.com/
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