Tim Faulkner Gallery presents a painting and photo exhibition of work by artist Shawn Marshall and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Michael Fitzer.
The 3-day exhibition and fundraiser will support a new film to raise child abuse awareness. The show opens Friday, November 8th from 6-9pm, and closes Sunday, November 10th.
The facts are astonishing… In America, more than three million cases of child abuse are reported each year.* That’s enough children to fill 56 college football stadiums!
Closer to home, a recent study showed that Kentucky tied Indiana for the highest child abuse rates in the country with 22 victims out of 1000 children. That is more than double the national average of 9 victims out of 1000. Funds raised from this duo-exhibit will go toward development of an award-winning screenplay into a feature film about one Kentucky family’s struggle with child abuse.
About the Project:
In 2012, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Michael Fitzer (Pleased to Meet Me & Under the Eiffel Tower) produced a short documentary about the effects of child abuse on one Kentucky family and the selfless decision they made which helped save another’s life. Seven years later, Fitzer is working to turn the screenplay adaptation of that story into a feature film, which he hopes will help shift the paradigm on how child abuse is handled in our country. Co-written by Fitzer, “Still Perfect,” the screenplay adaption of the story he originally covered in the documentary, has already won several awards for screenwriting including recognition from the Cannes Screenplay Contest and the American Movie Awards.
About the Artists:
Shawn Marshall is a Louisville artist who has exhibited regionally in Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati, and also in Chicago and New York. She is represented by New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY and in New York, NY. Marshall has paintings in numerous private and corporate collections including Brown-Forman Corporation, PNC Bank Pittsburgh, Commonwealth Bank, and the University of Kentucky.
Marshall has been a member of ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors since 2003, was a member and director of Pyro Gallery, and currently teaches visual art at North Oldham High School. She earned a Master of Architecture with a minor in Fine Art from Cornell University, a Master of Art in Teaching from Bellarmine University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. Her website is www.shawnlmarshall.com.
Michael Fitzer is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker with more than 25 years of experience in the industry.
His work has been seen on every major US network, many international networks and even on the largest LED screen in the center of Times Square. In addition to serving as a director of photography on a wide array of commercials, corporate and feature films, Mike also enjoys stepping away from the camera to serve as producer (Under the Eiffel Tower, Pleased to Meet Me)
or to sit down in the editors seat (more than 1000 productions to date). In his spare time Mike sometimes shoots and markets his street photography. He is also a decorated veteran of the US Army.
* Statistic provided by ChildHelp USA