RAW’s teens worked to convey the stories of three gay teens as they traverse the difficult reality of being gay in highschool. Social isolation, bullying, family stress, and heartbreak are all explored within the hopeful stories of youth emerging positively from situations where there seems to be almost no end in sight; a striking visual accompaniment to the powerful words of Grygiel’s own “It Gets Better” story.
Teen filmmakers in Raw Art Works’ (RAW) Real to Reel film program take on the issues of bullying and teen suicide through the creation of a music video which they conceptualized, directed, shot and edited entirely on their own for Boston indie rock artist and activist Jen Grygiel (of MEandJOANCOLLINS, Steel Poniez, and Yes, Sir fame).
The song “Make It Out” will be released as a follow up single to her successful recent EP GRYGIEL. Grygiel partnered with New England-based music retailer Newbury Comics on her last EP to donate the proceeds to the “It Gets Better Project” which seeks to help LGBT youth envision a life worth living.
Student Film Winner at the Desperado LGBT Film Festival
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