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The Painted Girl

Film of the Week

The story of Megan, a closeted gay 15-year-old who runs away from her mother’s expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti, she can help her mother understand who she is.

The Painted Girl was an official selection of NFFTY 2013 and has won the Audience Choice award under the category of Be Yourself

About the director:


Ben Kadie is a 18-year-old freshman at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In sixth grade, Ben premiered a film at the Seattle International Film Festival via a newspaper contest. A month later he screened at the first NFFTY. Since then, his nine films have screened in 150 festivals in the US and around the world, as far away as Nepal and Guam. The films have earned more than 20 top youth awards. Outside of his school, Ben speaks about the importance of art education at other schools, school board meetings, and film events.

Wanna know more about Ben? Check out his website.

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