Anti-violence Film, "Dead Queens" Opens for Weekend at York High School

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     A silent protest against violence in front of the York County Judicial Center on the eve of the weekend open of the feature film, "Dead Queens".  The film written, directed and starring York native Ryan Rossum is a gritty drama of a widow who starts a Rape Crisis Center and her four sons. The was shot entirely in York City and features local actors.  Rossum decided to do the film after a family friend was killed in a shooting in York.

"Dead Queens" explores sexual, mental and physical abuse that can happen in unhealthy relationships.

"It's definitely an issue that's . . . ignored and overlooked," Rossum said. "It's kind of becoming normal."

Rossum, a York College graduate, hopes the film will break the pattern of violence and show that positive things can happen in York.

The film actually premiered last month at Penn State-York. It will be shown tonight and tomorrow night at William Penn High School, 101 West College Avenue.  Doors open at 4 pm. The film starts at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 with student ID and $8 for adults. DVD's will be sold at both showings. Proceeds will benefit the Sixth Annual Education Parade and Rally on May 5th.  

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