Kent youth to screen short films about hunger

Two short films by Kent youth exploring the question, "What is hunger?" will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at East Wing Auditorium, Kent-Meridian High School, 10020 SE 256th St.

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  • Tuesday, June 5, 2012 3:44pm
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The premiere of the short film exploring “What is hunger?” took place at the University of Washington on May 20. From left: Victoria Foster

The premiere of the short film exploring “What is hunger?” took place at the University of Washington on May 20. From left: Victoria Foster

Two short films by Kent youth exploring the question, “What is hunger?” will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at East Wing Auditorium, Kent-Meridian High School, 10020 SE 256th St.

A question-and-answer period with the youth filmmakers will follow the screening. Community member of all ages are invited to attend this free event.

The youth filmmakers encourage donations to the Kent Food Bank, which can be made in person at the screening or online at www.facebook.com/kentfoodbank.

The project is sponsored by the City of Kent Arts Commission and produced by Reel Grrls, an award-winning media and technology program. Earlier this year, eight high school students from Kent-Meridian and Kent Phoenix Academy attended a three-day course in video production. During the three-day workshop, Reel Grrls taught the co-ed group how to discuss a challenging topic, try basic stop-motion animation, use professional video production equipment and learn the process of planning and shooting a video.

The finished films will be broadcast on publicly-operated stations, such as Kent TV 21 and streamed on the Internet.

The Kent Arts Commission provided the opportunity for youth empowerment. The overarching goal is to increase community awareness about food security issues during these difficult economic times. New statistics reveal that one-in-five Kent residents are experiencing food scarcity.

Furthermore, FEMA is no longer funding the Kent Food Bank because overall King County is faring better than other counties nationwide.

The project is in partnership with the City of Kent Housing & Human Services Division, Communities In Schools of Kent, Kent Phoenix Academy and Kent-Meridian High School.


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