'After I'm Gone' wins Accolade Award

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OutreachArts has just won a prestigious Accolade Award in the Contemporary Issues/Awareness Raising category for their teen suicide awareness drama, 'After I'm Gone'! The 9th episode in the Award-Winning MAPLE AVE Series, 'After I'm Gone' takes a haunting look at teen suicide from the perspective of Cari (see 'Loves Me Not'), a young girl who appears to have taken her life due to relentless abuse from her parents and peers. As Cari observes life from the other side, she meets Christine, an older more rebellious spirit, who reluctantly acts as her guide and confidante. Together they observe Michael, an artist friend of Cari's, who has also been the victim of bullying and abusive parents. As a desperate Michael begins to contemplate suicide, a helpless Cari is suddenly forced to revisit her own nightmares,...and find a way home.

'After I'm Gone' Filmmaker, Richard T. Wilson recently commented, "Essentially, we're reaching out to at-risk youth here who have next to no resources. We're trying to let students know that, even in the worst of circumstances, there's still Help & Hope. It's a very different POV, I know, but one I felt wasn't being addressed in the current outreach model. Having said that, we're all thrilled the Accolades have recognized us ~ it's quite an honor!" The Accolade recognizes film, television and videography professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. In winning an Accolade, OutreachArts joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. As with all our MAPLE AVE films, a Leader's Guide is included with the 'After I'm Gone' DVD, featuring teen suicide statistics, classroom discussion questions and creative follow-up activities to help students deepen their connection to the issue.

Learn more about OutreachArts
Founded by award-winning writer-filmmaker, Richard T. Wilson, OutreachArts is an internationally recognized educational film company that works with various non-profits and their funders to help provide an innovative educational approach to help increase awareness about crucial health and social issues. For over a decade now, the Wilson-penned productions have not only successfully reached into communities nationwide but also to those in need around the world. (Some of Wilson's past work has also been prominently featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, PBS stations and The Independent Film Channel.)

However, the company is probably best known for its critically acclaimed television/video series, 'Maple Ave' which focuses on the everyday issues/struggles of teens and their parents. Since 2003, the Emmy & Voice Award Nominated, Telly, Omni, Aegis, Accolade, Remi & Communicator Award-Winning series has reached millions of North American viewers via Public Television, The Independent Film Channel/IFC and the classroom every year, regularly 'telling stories' and 'changing lives'.

Click here to view clips of other acclaimed OutreachArts' dramas.

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