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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 3, 2008
Jessica Eskelson, Thurston Community Television, 360-956-3100 office, 360-280-8144 cell.  Jeskelson@tctv.net

Methamphetamine Documentary to Premier in Olympia

OLYMPIA --Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Media is proud to announce a one-night public premier of their youth-produced documentary video about methamphetamines, My Life's Notice.

Over a year in the making, "My Life's Notice" asks the viewer to consider the ways that traditional and alternative treatment options, communities, families, and social structures affect the ways that young people can work through methamphetamine addiction.  The group hopes that the documentary will encourage a community dialogue in which the youth affected by meth are a vital part of the conversation.

Local youth began producing this documentary in the fall of 2006, when staff from United Communities AIDS Network and TOGETHER! proposed a youth-led video project to raise awareness about methamphetamines. The goal was to produce an educational video about meth-associated risks, treatment methods, and risk reduction.  Participating youth agreed to work on the video, largely because many had been affected, or had friends or family affected, by methamphetamines. A young producer says about the project, "We're doing this because we don't want people to end up the way we have."

All proceeds from the premier will benefit YAYA Media, a program of Thurston Community Television that helps youth and young adults share their voices with the community through the media arts.  

What- My Life's Notice Premier Screening

When- Friday, January 11th, 7 pm at the Capitol Theater in Olympia (Doors open 6:30)

Who- Guest speaker Dave Purchase of the Point Defiance AIDS Project/Tacoma Needle Exchange and Q and A with the Filmmaker.

Reception and Dancing with DJ Smoke of Oldominion to follow.

Suggested sliding scale admission of $10-$25 – Advance tickets at Traditions, Rainy Day, buyolympia.com

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3