Furthering the success of their acclaimed PSA- The Choice Is Yours (released in 2013)- the teens of the Center for Black Women's Wellness Adolescent Health & Youth Development Program have created a new short film, Risky Behavior to be released in time for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (May). Risky Behavior premiers as part of theHigh Museum's Voices & Vibes Teen Festival on May 10, 2014 at 4PM. The screening begins with a Red Carpet Reception and is followed by a candid, teen-led panel discussion to empower both youth and parents with insights to avoid the pitfalls of teen pregnancy. The festival itself features a series of art challenges, live performances, art making stations, food trucks, photo booths and teen djs, and is free and open to the the public.
About the Film:
In the first PSA from the Center for Black Women's Wellness L.O.F.T.Y. (Looking Out for the Youth) Crew entitled The Choice Is Yours, viewers are introduced to a high school football player and cheerleader who witness how their lives would change if they embark upon sexual activity and produce a child. Presenting another facet of the ramifications of teenage sexual activity, Risky Behavior details the budding relationship of a high school couple who decides to take that step and the resulting consequences.
From a frank and candid perspective informed by the teens themselves, Risky Behavior spotlights actual real-life situations by everyday teens--not actors. "Having the advice straight from the youth on what direction the movie needed to go brought a level of realness to the film through up-to-date dialect and real life scenarios. This film serves as one more step towards educating the youth on the risks that come along with intercourse," says L.O.F.T.Y. Crew member Batserai Moore.
Written and directed by Jason Young of J Young Media, the film features high production values and was shot on location at a local Atlanta high school. Not only did the participants seek to educate other teens, but were transformed themselves through the production. "It not only taught me that acting is much harder than it appears, but it also enlightened me on a real life situation," says Oddysey Wilson, one of the film's main characters. "Of course, L.O.F.T.Y. Crew has taught me plenty about the precautions you should take before having sex and the consequences that you are putting yourself at risk for, but the film helped me realize the reality of it all."
Debut Screening Event:
Screening of Risky Behavior at the 2014 Teen Voices and Vibes Festival
Red Carpet Reception: Starts @ 3pm
The Hill Auditorium @ The High Museum
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
The event is FREE and open to all.
Register online to attend at www.riskybehaviorfilm.eventbrite.com
For More Information:
For more information on the Teen Voices & Vibes Festival, visit http://artsvibe.com/voices-vibes-festival/.