Locally shot teen doc wins Indie Film Fest Award

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Project: Shattered Silence
, Jared O’Roark's tour de force with 46 Tampa Bay area teens, has won the Award of Excellence: Documentary Feature at the Indie Film Fest Awards.

The film follows O'Roark's 2013 Ruth Eckerd Hall theatrical production, a uniquely reality-based showcase that tackles difficult and often cathartic topics such as adoption, immigration, depression, sexual identity and the death of a parent. 

WEDU teamed up with Ruth Eckerd Hall to film the process of creating Project: Shattered Silence for a documentary that has been made available for broadcast on PBS stations across the country. An episode of WEDU Arts Plus, featuring a special eight-minute segment from the documentary, won a Suncoast Emmy Award last year.

The Indie Fest Film Awards is a worldwide competition that showcases and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media. The awards strive to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators’ positive exposure.

Click here to watch the inspirational film online.

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