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Ohio Wesleyan Professor’s Film to be Shown May 26 at Drexel East

May 12, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – “Swept Out,” Ohio Wesleyan University professor Mary Howard’s unflinching look at poverty and homelessness in Columbus, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. May 26 at the Drexel East Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Bexley, 43209. The public is invited to this free event.

Mary Howard, Ph.D., started working with inner city youth in Columbus during her high school and college years at St. Mary of the Springs Academy and College (now Ohio Dominican University). As an author and documentary producer, she has profiled impoverished people throughout the world. Her coverage of homelessness in Columbus has included extensive interaction with the staff and clients of The Open Shelter.

“One of the main goals of making this film was to change the discussion of the problem of housing and homelessness in Columbus,” said Howard, chair of Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology.

“Since I began filming in 2006, the number of local people who are homeless has virtually doubled,” Howard said. “I want viewers to understand that this could be about them or about someone they love.” Filming for the documentary was completed in 2009.

Howard, who teaches anthropology and film-making courses at Ohio Wesleyan, will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening of “Swept Out,” which earned an honorable mention in the social issues category at the 56th annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

The screening is sponsored by the Humanist Community of Central Ohio, Simply Living, The Community Leaders Forum, The Free Press, and the Drexel East Theatre.

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