Danny Strong, Jim Taricani head distinguished lineup at Pell Center Public Story conference

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer and actor Danny Strong will join NBC-10’s I-Team founder Jim Taricani and other leading screen storytellers April 11 at the second annual Story in the Public Square conference, a partnership of Salve Regina University’s Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The public is invited to attend.

Meanwhile, high school and college students from anywhere in the United States have just days left to enter this year’s student contest, which carries a Grand Prize of $1,000. Entrants must produce a short film, video or animation addressing the theme of childhood poverty and submit their entry online no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Strong -- whose screenwriting credits include Recount, Game Change, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Mockingjay, the two-part Hunger Games finale -- will be the keynote speaker at the April 11 conference and will receive the second annual Pell Prize for Story in the Public Square. Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post writer Dana Priest was the inaugural winner.

Strong is also an accomplished Hollywood actor, having played roles in the TV series Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls and the character Jonathan Levinson in the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also acted as a producer on many of his projects, including The Butler, Game Change and Recount.

Taricani has won five regional Emmy awards, along with an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and many other journalism awards for his investigative journalism. He covered the New England Mafia for more than 25 years and became a champion of press freedom when a federal judge in 2004 sentenced him to six months of home confinement for refusing to disclose a confidential source.

Joining Taricani, who recently announced his plans to retire April 1 from NBC 10, will be Kendall Moore, associate professor of journalism and film media at the University of Rhode Island; Agnieszka Woznicka, animation artist and associate professor at the Rhode Island School of Design; and Teja Arboleda, an award-winning documentarian, writer and educator.

“Moving Images” is the theme of the April 11 conference. The day will include screenings and discussions by four local storytellers from the worlds of TV, animation, feature-length documentary filmmaking, and short documentary/video. The audience will have the chance to make short films of their own in the conference “Story Booth.” The day concludes with an evening screening of Strong’s Game Change.

Register for the April 11 Story Day through the link at www.publicstory.org. The $25 fee includes lunch and an evening screening of Strong’s Game Change. Members of the Salve community and all high school and college students are admitted free.

Full student contest directions and rules are at http://www.salve.edu/pellCenter/projects/publicSquare/studentContest.aspx

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