After the successful world broadcast premiere of Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers on OMNI, filmmaker Lana Lovell hosts a special screening to benefit Literature for Life

Toronto – September 29, 2010

Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers counters stereotypes with a complex and richly detailed portrait of real women. The Canadian documentary launched in August on OMNI Television and is screening at upcoming film festivals across North America. After a successful premiere, documentary filmmaker, Lana Lovell hosts a special screening and panel discussion on October 23rd, 2010, 7:00 pm at the Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave.). All proceeds from the $10 tickets will be donated to Literature for Life, an organization committed to the development and well-being of teenage mothers.

Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held in reflection of the film. Members of the panel include social worker Nancy Blades; Dalton Higgins, author of Fatherhood 4.0: iDad Applications Across Cultures and a facilitator that promotes positive fathering in the African-Canadian community; Wendy Komiotis, executive director of METRAC, an organization committed to the rights of women, youth and children to live free of violence; and documentary filmmaker Lana Lovell.

Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers is already proving a success, screening at a number of upcoming film festivals across North America. Upcoming film screenings include the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, the African Diaspora International Film Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival as a documentary semi-finalist.

Resilience is an intimate and detailed documentary from filmmaker Lana Lovell and Storyline Entertainment that confronts long-held stereotypes by stepping inside the lives of three women, Nancy, Simone and Gloria.

Resilience effectively captures the reality of three single mothers through candid revelations of their triumphs and struggles as single parents today,” commented Alain Strati, Vice President OMNI Station Group, Specialty & Development.

With honesty, intelligence and humour, the three women reflect on their experiences of balancing single parenthood, working life, relationships and the fulfillment of their own goals in the context of society. By interweaving these intimate stories, the documentary offers a deeper understanding of the challenges, practical strategies and dreams of three resilient mothers in Canada.

img-ResilienceResilience bears witness to the struggles, strengths, complexities and determination of women who are building rich and rewarding lives for themselves and their families, and serves to educate young people setting out on the path toward an exciting but uncertain future.

About Literature for Life:

Literature for Life is an organization that supports teenage mothers and helps them to create a better life for themselves and their children. Literature for Life helps teenage mothers gain confidence, build literacy proficiency and develop administrative and life skills. The organization is also committed to educating the community about teenage mothers and helping to reduce stereotypes that create barriers to their success.

About the Director:

Lana Lovell began directing in earnest five years ago, after years of working as a researcher and producer for the Discovery Channel, CTV News and Kensington Communications Inc. Lana’s most recent documentary Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers was produced for OMNI Television by Storyline Entertainment in 2010. Her other documentary titles include The Incomparable Jackie Richardson, which was completed in 2008 for Bravo Television and received accolades for capturing musical performances, and Underground, the award winning short which premiered at Hot Docs in 2006. Ms. Lovell has also directed for the series Literature Alive and Heart Beat for Bravo Television.

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