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To Be Heard Wins Two Big Prizes in Seattle Film Festival

I featured this film on the website a few months ago. You may remember Pearl Quick, the first poet teenager featured in the trailer. She was struggling with family life and working part-time, all while she was trying to get into Sarah Lawerence College. Well, she got in this summer and she will be attending in the fall.

And that’s not all!

A teacher-directed and teacher-produced film documenting the lives of three Bronx poet students, To Be Heard has taken the Seattle International Film Festival Audience Prize for the Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Special Award . This marks the the third time in each of those two categories that the student-featured education reform film has garnered acclaim.

As a result the film will go on to be included in the Best of the Fest Series, a privilege reserved for only 12 films selected out of more than 450 that screened during the festival.

The film now moves to festival screenings in Washington DC/Baltimore area for the  prestigious all-documentary AFI Silverdocs Festival. The film will also be shown at the same time in Nantucket for their annual Film Festival.

Check out the trailer:

To Be Heard: Trailer from Edwin Martinez on Vimeo.

Information about this below:

AFI Silverdocs
Screenings are:   Friday, June 24th at 12:45pm followed by an extended Q & A with filmmakers and “stars”
Saturday, June 25th at 10:30pm Q & A with the filmmakers and “stars” follows
Tickets are $10 with no booking fees..

And for the Nantucket Film Fest: click on the link to purchase tickets
Screening Times:
time   2:00 PM     Thu, Jun 23
** Note: Filmmaker in attendance
Bennett Hall
3:00 PM     Sun, Jun 26
** Note: Filmmaker in attendance
Bennett Hall

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