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Film screening - TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives
Start Date: 2/28/2013Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 2/28/2013End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description:
Documentary, 78 minutes
TRUST begins in a small theater as a group of teenage actors receive a standing ovation, then takes us back to the beginning, when Marlin, an 18-year-old Hondureña tells a traumatic story about her life to the company. Amazing things unfold as the young members of Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project transform the story into a daring, original play. TRUST is about creativity and the unexpected resources inside people you might discount because they are poor, young or of color.
APTP is a neighborhood theater project dedicated to helping young people reimagine their experiences on stage. Marlin’s is one of incredible struggle and pain, from enduring rape as young girl, to the difficult journey of immigrating to the U.S., to further abuse at the hands of her own brother, and finally to emancipation and overcoming substance addiction.
On a warm summer afternoon, Marlin sits in a circle with about 25 young APTP members, takes a deep breath and says “I don’t want you to remember me like this.” And then she begins. At age twelve, she was raped by two men in the bathroom of her grandmother’s church in Honduras. She told no one. Two years later, she immigrated with her older brother Carlos to live with their mother in Chicago, where Carlos repeatedly raped her. She didn’t resist – she felt she’d already lost everything – but keeping those secrets weighed heavily on her and she drank, took drugs, cut herself, ran away from home and attempted suicide. Her mother committed Marlin to a psychiatric hospital, where she spent nearly 200 nights. Finally she confided her secrets to a counselor who helped her and recommended the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), a neighborhood teen theater company that creates original plays from members’ real life stories.
TRUST follows Marlin and APTP as they take her story from the personal to the public and the APTP ensemble as they overcome their shame about the subject of rape and incest and invite family, friends, teachers, and classmates to see the play, Remember Me Like This, during its seven weekend run.
Since 1997, APTP has created highly-skilled, artistic and transformative theater. And they do it with kids who never audition. APTP co-founder and artistic director David Feiner, who holds a masters degree from the Yale Graduate School of Drama, has a practiced method and he stays with the kids as they grow. The experience is truly artistic and transformational for the ensemble members.
TRAILER: http://trustdocumentary.org/ Veteran independent filmmaker Nancy Kelly made an award-winning documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: "TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives", "Smitten" (PBS Prime Time Special), about art collector Rene di Rosa; and "Downside Up" (PBS Independent Lens series), about how America’s largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA, revived Kelly’s dying home town. She also made the narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold (PBS American Playhouse series) starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. She has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute and a Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker. Her next documentary, Rebels with a Cause, premieres fall 2012.
Meet and talk with the filmmaker after the screening. A reception will follow. The film and reception are both free and the public is encouraged to attend!
Location Information:
Main Campus - Simons Center  (View Map)
54 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC

Main Campus - Simons Center  (View Map)
54 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC
Room: Recital Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Lizz Biswell
Phone: 3-4422
Email: BiswellL@cofc.edu
A performance
Attachments For This Event:
    > TRUST film press release
Admission Information
Free!
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Event URL
http://halsey.cofc.edu/events/films/
Remarks
Co-sponsored by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the College of Charleston First-Year Experience program.

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