Kingdom County Productions is proud to announce the fall Vermont tour of Shout it Out the feature film based on the acclaimed Voices Project. The film will tour to 50 towns in Vermont including Bellows Falls Union High School on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. The showing of the film is free, and sponsored by the BFUHS Diversity and School and Community Relations committees.
Shout it Out is a musical based on the lives of Vermont teens. All the songs in the film are written by Vermont teenagers and nearly 100 teens from across the state are in the cast, including local teenagers, Jordan Mitchell-Love from Saxtons River, who plays Colby, John Reid of Brattleboro who plays Ethan, Kario Pereira Bailey from Brattleboro who plays Tom, and Anna Martel of Chester who plays one of the ensemble folks and has a solo.
The film was shot during the summer of 2007 in Jericho, primarily on location at Mount Mansfield Union High School. The stories and characters in the film were developed during an intensive, year-long statewide research phase in which more than 1,000 teens participated.
Shout it Out tells the story of a group of teenagers making their way through high school. The film follows them through some of the more tumultuous moments of teenagehood: academic pressure; friction with peers, teachers, and parents; trying to fit in, trying to find one's self, fear of the future; nostalgia for the past; friendship; and first love.
Shout it Out is a raw, real, revealing, compassionate, powerful, funny and ultimately affirmative look at the transformative powers of young people. The songs are dynamic and range from love songs to rap and hip-hop.
Shout it Out is about listening to the voices of youth, respecting and honoring their struggles and aspirations and hearing their voices loud and clear.
Major underwriters of the film include: VSAC, Brattleboro Retreat, Burton Snowboards, Ben and Jerry's, VTNEA, Vermont Children's Trust Fund and a special grant from the Vermont State Legislature.
The film is 90 minutes long, with mature themes.