Penn State documentary to make international premiere in South Korea

The powerful documentary on domestic violence, “Telling Amy’s Story,” was selected as one of eight American films to be screened at the International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT) in Seoul, South Korea this May. “Telling Amy’s Story” was produced and directed by Joe Myers, creative director at Penn State Public Broadcasting, and builds on a successful domestic violence prevention program at Penn State University.

The documentary debuted in June of 2010 and chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed in State College, Pa., by her husband, Vincent, in 2001. Since its premiere last year, “Telling Amy’s Story” has aired on 333 public television stations, has screened at over 100 community events, and is being used by more than 500 organizations including 60 colleges and universities.

“We’re heartened by the impact that Telling Amy’s Story is having across the country and around the world,” said Ted Krichels, associate vice president for public media at Penn State. “To receive this recognition from INPUT is a testament not only to the film but to the impact that public service media can have when you combine great storytelling with the tools people need to discuss and address complex community issues. ”

“Telling Amy’s Story” was chosen out of almost 300 submissions for INPUT 2011 by an international panel of representatives from 14 countries. The INPUT 2011 Conference, slated for May 9 to 12, will feature 86 programs from 27 countries. INPUT has organized international television’s annual screening conference for more than 35 years. The group exists to encourage the highest quality television programming worldwide, to support television as a service to the public and to promote discussion and debate.

“"Telling Amy’s Story" is a program that has the potential to save lives. It’s the kind of film that can inspire an international producing audience to make programs that matter,” said Amy Shumaker, U.S. INPUT national coordinator. “Public television stations don’t always have the resources to produce programming that can compete for a spot at INPUT. I think that speaks volumes about Penn State Public Broadcasting and the community partners responsible for the film.”

The documentary, complementary outreach initiative and the successful domestic violence prevention program used by Penn State were funded by $450,000 in grants from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon.

More information about the project is available at online.


Last Updated March 21, 2011