April 29, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local high school students shine in front of and behind the camera
KINGSTON-On May 7, Kingston area high school students will be showcasing and celebrating their cinematic success when the “Direct This!” video contest wraps with a special evening awards ceremony at Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute.
Sponsored by the Kinston Frontenac Anti-Violence Coordinating Committee (KFACC), the “Direct This!” video contest began in early February at regional high schools. Grades nine through 12 students were invited to submit short videos depicting how healthy relationships factor into their lives.
“We wanted students to start thinking and talking to each other about healthy relationships, because learning to recognize and form them when you’re young prevents unhealthy behaviours from happening later on,” explains Lisa Fox, KFACC Chair. “And with today’s technology, video is one of the best ways to spark the conversation.”
The event will be MC’ed by KROCK hosts Sarah Crosbie and Darryl Kornicky. Contest finalists will be shown; first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the winning entries; and special performances and presentations will take place throughout evening.
“Direct This!” is timely, as recently violence against women and related issues have been highly visible. April 27 saw the unveiling of the Kingston Police memorial to six local women murdered by their partners. And on May 7, prior to the “Direct This!” awards, KROCK is participating in the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s nationwide radio-thon for their Shelter from the Storm campaign.
“It’s crucial to talk about these things openly,” says Fox. “It’s how we start to find solutions. We’re encouraging youth to have these discussions now so that maybe they won’t need to later on.”
KFACC includes local agencies committed to raising awareness of issues relating to domestic and sexual violence; and to promoting a community-based approach to delivering services for victims of partner abuse and sexual violence, and their families. To learn more, please visit www.kfacc.org.
For more information please contact:
FRANCIS WOOBY, Communications & Administrative Coordinator, KFACC
Tel. 613.329.3187, firstname.lastname@example.org