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The Last Shot: A Film Screening
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When: Friday, March 25, 2011
Doors open at 3:15pm
Where: The Avalon Theater
5612 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC  20015
United States
Contact: Lisa Kimball
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The Last Shot: Movie With a Message

Created by Talented Inner City Teens

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:30pm (doors open at 3:15pm)

The Avalon Theater 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW DC 20015

Sponsored by Plexus Institute

Tickets are FREE - first come, first served

Showing of the 60 minute film will be followed by discussion with the filmmakers

"This may be the last time that you get a second chance

to make a first impression in your own life."

This is a gritty, heart-felt story about basketball, bullets and life choices in a tough neighborhood in Cincinnati. It's also about love, loyalty, violence and friendship and all the ambiguities that confront inner-city kids trying to navigate the complexities of leaving childhood behind forever. Two high school basketball players fall in love with very different girls, and take very different paths. Joseph Prather, now a 22 year-old college student studying business management, wrote the script when he was still in his mid-teens.

The last shot

One of his main characters is a good kid who turns wrong. "That's something that happens everyday," he says. "There are a lot of people who have good intentions, but bad situations turn their lives, things you can't always control. People try hard to get out of bad situations, but it's hard to do something new, and opportunities do not always come as expected." Within this wrenching story, Joe summarizes an inspiring message: "You never know when your last shot will be, so take advantage of the opportunities you have."

Joe and a group of his friends did just that when Joan and Michael Hoxsey and their daughter and son-in-law, Geralyn and Tom Sparough, leaders of a community mentoring program, got to know a group of young men in the neighborhood. The guys decided they would like to make a movie. Reading the script Joe had already written, the Hoxseys and Sparoughs were amazed by his talent. The story delved into all the life issues they would have wanted in a formal curriculum. Initially, Joe says, the guys thought the project would be quick and easy-just get a camera and start shooting.

"It was way harder than that," he recalls. "The hardest thing for me was managing everything. I had no experience managing my peers and getting things done." Joe also stared, directed and worked a camera. They had to find actors, learn parts and select locations. They had to get people to show up for rehearsals. Scenes had to be redone. Families and neighborhood residents joined cast and crew. Technical details were hard, and required much improvising. The microphone was attached to a broom handle and the sound was disappointing. The finished product took five years. Author and consultant Peter Block became producer. The Hoxseys and Sparoughs became the cheerleaders and support team. In their words, it was "Five frustrating, invigorating, enlivening, wonderful years of friendship and work, and it was worth every minute of it."

Don't miss this opportunity to meet these young

filmmakers and their team Friday, March 25th!

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Read an excerpt from Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block

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