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PBS Documentary Illustrates Power of Teen Arts Program

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Sep 26, 2012

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, a documentary film which follows the teenage actors of Chicago's Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) and brings to light the incredible transformative capacity of the arts and arts education, has just been picked up by PBS and their new series America Reframed. The film will air Sunday, October 14, at 8PM.

TRUST begins in a small theater as a group of teenage actors receive a standing ovation. The film then takes us back to the beginning, when Marlin, an 18-year-old Hondureña shares a little bit about her childhood with the company. It is a traumatic story. Amazing things unfold as the young, mostly Latino, actors of APTP transform the story into a daring, original play. TRUST is about creativity and the unexpected resources inside people who are often discounted because they are poor, young, or of color.

America ReFramed brings nonfiction indie films to the air, in this case with a focus on relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes. TRUST is airing as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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