CUT the Habit Student Film Project
March 26, 2009
Promotes Changing Attitudes Toward Tobacco in Greater Franklin County
CUT the Habit, a student-led film project organized by the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC), recently launched its Web site featuring six films produced by students from area schools. Students from Jay, Livermore Falls, Mt. Abram, Mt. Blue, and Foster Regional Technology Center worked from July through February to create unique short films that demonstrate the harmful effects of tobacco-and how media, particularly movies, influences youth in their choice of whether or not to use tobacco products.
The CUT the Habit films are currently open for voting on the Web site www.cutthehabit.org. The top three films receiving the most votes will be distributed on DVDs and given out to local schools, community groups, and movie rental stores.
CUT the Habit is funded through a grant from the American Legacy Foundation. Approximately 1,200 smokers die each day worldwide from tobacco-related causes. “Big Tobacco (the tobacco industry) advertises their products to entice young people into a lifetime of smoking,” said Lorri Mealey, HCC program coordinator. “The goals of the American Legacy Foundation through this grant are to counter the use tobacco products by youth and educate consumers about the causes and prevention of diseases associated with the use of tobacco products.”
Throughout the project students worked with MPBN executive producer, Chris Sweet, a graduate of Mt. Blue High School, who offered technical assistance. Another Mt. Blue graduate, Desi Van Til, along with her husband Sean Mewshaw, spoke to students about their experiences working on movies in Hollywood, and offered advice for producing an effective short story through film.
All films will be shown at a film festival, scheduled for Friday, April 10, at the Ben Franklin Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
For more information about CUT the Habit student films, the film festival or joining CUT the Habit, please contact program coordinator Lorri Mealey at (207) 779-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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