“A Circle of Films” Festival at USM Abromson Center Showcases Young Filmmaker’s Goodwill Stories

Written by on May 21st, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

 

“A Circle of Films” Festival at USM Abromson Center Showcases Young Filmmaker’s Goodwill Stories
Event Features Five Short Films and a Live Director’s Discussion with Goodwill CEO Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Portland – Goodwill announced today that it will host “A Circle of Films,” a presentation of short videos written and directed by local young filmmakers, on Wednesday, May 23, at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine (Bedford Street, Portland).

The featured filmmakers are Nicholas Brennan, Logen Christopher, Jeff Griecci, John Logan Pierson and Stuart Townsend. Goodwill asked each of the directors to write and produce a story that included how the clothing and other items that are given a second life through Goodwill’s retail stores make possible nearly all of what Goodwill accomplishes behind the scenes.

“The idea of working with these young directors was to tell the Goodwill story and engage audiences in a fresh, non-traditional way,” explained Jane Driscoll, Vice President of Public Affairs for Goodwill. “We see these films as a way to jump start conversations about the interconnectedness of all that we do at Goodwill.”

Following the screening, a discussion with the filmmakers led by Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Goodwill’s President & CEO, will explore the directors’ approaches to storytelling and how they chose to weave Goodwill into those stories.

“In one way, the Circle of Films project is also an extension of Goodwill’s core mission of helping people develop job skills,” said Roosevelt. “We’re seeing firsthand how giving these young, emerging directors a shot at creating something completely new supports their growth and development as the next generation of film professionals.”

The film festival is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Ken Christian Senior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office
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About Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

We not only create training opportunities and jobs within Goodwill, our Workforce Services helps local businesses build their own workforce. As an employer of nearly 2,000 people and a social service provider, we have a unique perspective that can help other employers find and keep reliable employees.

Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services in Portland and Lewiston offers comprehensive brain injury services and treatment options for people with acquired brain injuries. At Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services, comprehensive, community-based therapies are provided to assist individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical needs – so lives can get back on track after a brain injury.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England operates 23 residential homes across Maine for people with diverse challenges – acquired brain injury, intellectual disability or other barrier to independence that requires continuous support from Goodwill staff.

Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.

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