mu fly by lightWest Long Branch, N.J. - Filmmaker Ellie Walton brings an advance screening of her film Fly by Light, a documentary about the transformation of fourteen inner city teens to Monmouth University’sPollak Theatre on Monday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The film screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A session with the director.

In Fly by Light, a group of teenagers leave the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious antiviolence education program in rural West Virginia. While going through this experience, they confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past.But as they return to DC, each person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, Fly by Light is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future.

Director Ellie Walton has committed her life’s work to sharing stories that inspire connection across social and cultural divides.  She has directed and produced a range of radio and video documentaries. Her feature length documentaries, Chocolate City, Igual Que Tú, and Walk With Me have been screened at film festivals across the world and continue to be used as educational tools at universities, schools and conferences. Walton has been recognized by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to individual artists and organizations in Washington, DC and holds Master degrees in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and in Screen Documentary from the University of London.

“On Screen: In Person” is pleased to present advanced screenings of this film in the mid-Atlantic region prior to its world premiere.

The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Department of Communication and the Center for the Arts, and part of the “On Screen: In Person” film series, which brings six films and filmmakers to Monmouth University as part of a tour of the Eastern Seaboard. “On Screen: In Person” is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.