[Frameworks] Film Show

From: Matt Helme <dcinema2134_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 09:31:15 -0700 (PDT)

  Contact:  Jeremy Newman [jeremy.newman_at_stockton.edu]   Note:DVD Screener is Available for Review by the Press ________________________________________________________________________     Documentary Screening & Poetry Reading at Old Bridge Filmmakers Showcase   Jeremy Newman’s documentary video “The Amnesiac’s Birthday” about bipolar NJ poet Terri Adamczyk will be screened at the Old Bridge Filmmakers Showcase on Saturday November 5th at the Old Bridge Public Library.  A poetry reading by Adamczyk follows this screening.  Local filmmaker Matt Helme is the Old Bridge Filmmakers Showcase Program Director.   In this hour-long video, Newman explores Adamczyk’s story of familial dysfunction and reconciliation through the lens of manic-depression.  Her poems weave biological and situational threads into an indelible tapestry.  She recounts suicidal thoughts tempered by the love of family, cutting with glass shards, and recovery through electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).  He borrows the title from her poem about treatment, memory loss, and re-birth.   “The Amnesiac’s Birthday” examines the nature versus nurture debate, as well as the intersections between manic-depression, creativity, and faith.  This video ultimately offers hope for those who suffer from mental illness and their families.  Adamczyk overcomes adversity through perseverance and courage.  Her haunting poems probe the depths of despair, yet they represent the triumph of the human spirit.  Not only is it a miracle that they exist, their fragile beauty is a testament to her talent and faith.   Jeremy Newman has directed numerous documentary and experimental videos.  His work is frequently shown at film festivals and has also aired on several PBS stations.  He is Assistant Professor of Communications at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Newman earned an MFA in Media Arts from The Ohio State University.    Terri Adamczyk earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Massachusetts Amherst.   Her poems are published in “The Philadelphia Independent” and by theNational Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation.  Adamczyk reads her poems at venues throughout New Jersey such as the Collingswood Book Festival.   Event Details:    Free Event – Documentary Screening and Poetry Reading  Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 1:30 PM  Old Bridge Public Library in Old Bridge, NJ [www.oldbridgelibrary.org/]  http://www.youtube.com/user/oscarthepug1234 http://www.youtube.com/user/matthelme007

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