The Road BackA dramatic short film made by Maine teens offering hope to young people living with anxiety and depression

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The Road Back Takes Top Honor in Student Film Category at Lewiston Auburn Film Festival

Some of the best and brightest independent movie producers and directors from around the country and the world competed for recognition during the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (LAFF) April 4-7, and a group of talented Maine teens were among them, winning the Best Student Film award for the short dramatic film, The Road Back, during the festival’s gala dinner and award ceremony held April 6.

The film, produced by Acadia Hospital in conjunction with Project AWARE, a Saco, Maine-based non-profit, was written and directed by Hermon High School student Faith Bishop and involved the efforts of over 100 Maine teens. It addresses the stigma associated with teen anxiety and depression in an effort to prevent acute mental illness through early intervention and has been distributed free of charge to over 100 middle and high schools in Maine.

“Acadia Hospital’s mission is to empower people to improve their lives, and supporting the film demonstrates a commitment to extending that mission beyond our hospital walls into the community,” commented Acadia Hospital President and CEO Daniel B. Coffey, who was in attendance at the gala dinner and awards ceremony Saturday evening. “Many people and organizations contributed to The Road Back, but I want to acknowledge the efforts of Acadia’s Communications Officer Alan Comeau. His leadership and passion for the film’s message have been pivotal to the success of the project.”

LAFF Director Joshua Shea stated, "The Lewiston Auburn Film Festival was so pleased that Faith Bishop and The Road Back won our first Best Student Film award. Faith's hard work and her ability to handle a project like this deserve to be recognized and it's our pleasure to provide that opportunity. As long as there are young filmmakers like Faith out there, we're going to continue giving them a forum for sharing their art."

In addition to funding provided by Acadia Hospital, The Road Back was supported by Bangor Savings Bank, the Davis Family Foundation, Bingham Program, and Spring Harbor Hospital.

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