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Lynn Estomin, Lycoming College professor of art, will have her latest video, "Out of Step," screened on WVIA (PBS) on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. The program will also feature the Warrior Writers website, designed by Estomin, www.warriorwriters.org.
"Out of Step" features the voices of four young female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: Jen Pacanowski, Chantelle Bateman, Kelly Dougherty and Robynn Murray. The project. Produced and directed by Estomin, is a collaboration with choreographer Kelly Knox and composer/electric violinist Ritsu Katsumata.
The project is a high definition digital production with dance interpretations, original music and audio recordings of the veterans' personal stories dealing with the war.
The four featured veterans wrote the pieces in "Out of Step" at a writing workshop presented by the Warrior Writers project.
"There is a deep necessity for veterans to create when so much in their lives has been shattered," says Estomin. "A profound sense of hope comes from the ability to rebuild and transform.
"The stories I began collecting while I was creating the Warrior Writers website are powerful, raw, emotional and haunting – content that is challenging, but definitely open to interpretation in dance, music and video. As a documentary filmmaker/artist who deals with political subjects, I am interested in human stories and what they tell us about society."
Warrior Writers provides veterans with a safe space to explore, express and develop their feelings, thoughts and memories through creative writing, performance and visual arts.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.
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