Communications team produces documentary about suicide prevention

July 13, 2010

The full-fledged premiere will come sometime in the fall, but a sneak peak at a portion of the latest public-scholarship documentary produced by senior faculty and students the College of Communications will be screened Friday, Aug. 6.

The film, “Out of Darkness,” is about suicide and survivorship in Centre County. It was produced for the Centre County Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is conducting a fundraising event and information session during the Aug. 6 State College Spikes baseball game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Suicide is never the final word for those left behind, it alters lives forever and crosses all human boundaries. “Out of Darkness” struggles to find the hope necessary for the living to face, and then move on from, the pain and loss of suicide.

The film was directed by Barbara Bird, an associate professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, produced by Andrea Seeley, who earned her degree in film-video in 2006, and Ken Campbell, a senior film-video major, served as the cinematographer. Film-video alumni Brian Miller, who earned his degree 2009, and Kenny Dodson, who graduated in May, also assisted with the project.

“As I researched the issue in Centre County, I was amazed by the number of people touched by suicide,” Bird said. “In making the film, we also found a community of people here who felt free to talk about it.”

Susan Kennedy, who helped create the local suicide prevention chapter and who serves as a board member for the group, also anticipates the sneak peak and film debut.

“It’s just going to be a wonderful resource for our organization. We’ve been lucky to benefit from such talented filmmakers and to enjoy the support of the College of Communications,” Kennedy said. “Plus, the students are getting a wonderful learning experience. They’ve done an amazing job and its gotten better with every edit.”

Tickets to the Aug. 6 baseball game cost $9 as part of the group’s fundraising efforts. For information, contact Angie Kempf at or call 814-355-6786. Along with the sneak peak of the film, the game against the Staten Island Yankees, which begins at 7:05 p.m., features a post-game fireworks display.


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Last Updated July 27, 2010