MILLBURY, Mass. – The 2012 Shawna Shea Scholarship Short Film Festival will screen 11 short indie films on Monday, Dec. 17 at the Elm Draught House Cinema, 35 Elm St. in Millbury,
This new short film festival honors the independent spirit of the late Shawna Shea of Uxbridge by gathering together independent filmmakers and raising money for the Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship.
Shawna was 16 when she lost her life in an automobile accident in 1999. Shawna's twin sister Erin and her classmates raised $10,000 to establish the scholarship which is awarded annually to a female Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits Shawna's special qualities and independence.
Selections to be shown are "Bianca," directed by Kris Avedisian and Anthony Ambrosino; "Cat Scratch," directed by Christian de Rezenedes; "The Chair," directed by Guy Benoit; "Cinematic Power," directed by Chris Esper; "Doll Parts," directed by Karen Lam; "Extraction," directed by Guthrie Roy Hartford; "Labor Day," directed by William Smyth; "The Last Seven Years," directed by Sean Carmichael; "Maude," directed by Jeremy Jed Hammel; "The Stolen," directed by Karen Lam; and "The Women of Harry," directed by Seth Chitwood.
“These directors and their films represent the very best of the independent spirit and creativity that so speaks about Shawna and who she was,” said her father and filmmaker Skip Shea. “Our family is looking forward to growing this short film festival and hopefully giving that independent spirit a platform.”
Tickets for the Dec. 17 Shawna Shea Scholarship Independent Film Festival can be purchased at the door.
Attending the festival is not the only way to support this important scholarship for young. Anyone can contribute by visiting the Film Festival website at www.shawnasheascholarship.com.
Since the establishment of the Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship, dozens of young women graduates of Uxbridge High School have received this award to continue their education. “We are truly blessed to be able to provide this assistance in Shawna’s name since we know she would always want to help anyone who lives on the margins and deserves everything beautiful that life can give,” said Shea
The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund also includes a memorial award in the name of Michael Liberty, Shawna’s cousin. This award is presented to a male Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits the qualities of inclusion and respect for all abilities and interests. Each year, Shawna’s family members and friends create fun and meaningful events to sustain The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund to continue this legacy that honors Shawna, her character and her values.