This powerful teen drama series addresses some of the most painful and troubling issues that teens are dealing with today.Depression, bullying, dating violence, suicide, addictions, abusive parents, and more. Superbly acted and expertly written, Maple Ave fuses education and entertainment into a rivetting and highly meaningful experience for your students.
Maple Ave 1: JENNY'S REASONS (dvd)Jenny, in the throes of clinical depression and unable to understand why she "feels so bad all the time," makes plans to end her life - until her best friend confronts her.
Run Time: 20 minutes
- Maple Ave 2: GHOSTS IN THE HALL (dvd)
Jim has reached the edge of violence after being the victim of incessant bullying. Unfortunately, Jim's family doesn't help him cope with his problems and things get progressively worse. Learn More
Run Time: 23 minutes
- Maple Ave 3: THE HURTING (dvd)
Ashley regularly cuts herself to substitute the inner pain of an abusive father with an external pain she feels better able to manage, until she finally reaches out to a sympathetic teacher. Learn More
Run Time: 21 minutes
- Maple Ave 4: P.S. I MISS YOU (dvd)
Following her older brother's suicide, Tanya has been coping by helping others, but gradually turns to drinking until her life spins out of control and a friend intervenes to get her help.Learn More
Run Time: 21 minutes
- Maple Ave 5: HATING TAMI (dvd)
Angela and her friends are making Tami's life miserable, even pranking her on a social networking site. In a dramatic turn of events, Angela's cruel prank is uncovered - but is it too late?Learn More
Run Time: 26 minutes
- Maple Ave 6: MORE THAN THIS (dvd)
A gripping story about an athlete on steroids, two girls with serious eating disorders, athletic performance and body image, and doing right by others - even when they don't want it. Learn More
Run Time: 27 minutes
- Maple Ave 7: PROMISE ME (dvd)
Ann and Mike see their parents' addictions of alcoholism and gambling slowly destroy their family. But things reach critical mass when their father gambles away Ann's college fund.Learn More
Run Time: 18 minutes
- Maple Ave 8: LOVES ME NOT (dvd)A story about dating/domestic violence from the POV of a 17 year old deceased victim named Cari, who was so badly bullied for leaving her abusive boyfriend that she committed suicide. Now, she tries to prevent a friend from suffering the same fate.Learn More
Run Time: 17 minutes
Maple Ave 9: AFTER I'M GONE (dvd)
Cari, a young girl who appears to have taken her life due to relentless abuse, gets a revealing and inciteful lesson in suicide awareness and prevention before she is finally revived.
Run Time: 23 MinutesMaple Ave 10: TURN IN THE ROAD (dvd)
A high school is turned upside down by tragedy when one of its students is killed by another who was texting while driving.
Run Time: 18 minutes
Awards & Reviews
Accolade Award - (2010)
Aegis Award - (Drama Finalist) (2010)
Platinum Remi Award - (43rd WorldFest-Houston Int'l Film Festival) (2010)
Special Jury Award - Remi - (42nd WorldFest-Houston Int'l Film Festival) (2009)
Silver Remi Award - (41st WorldFest-Houston Int'l Film Festival) (2008)
Omni Award (2007)
IFC Media Lab Award (2007)
Special Jury Award - Remi (40th WorldFest-Houston Int'l Film Festival) (2007)
Honorable Mention Award (Columbus International Film Festival) (2006)
Gold Remi Award (39th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival) (2006)
Telly Award (2006)
Mid-Atlantic Emmy Nomination ('Outstanding Youth Programming') (2005)
National Health Information Award (2004)
Mid-Atlantic Emmy Nomination ('Outstanding Youth Programming') (2004)
Gold Telly Award (2004)
Gold Remi Award - WorldFest at Houston International Film Festival (2011)
"I just watched 'Jenny's Reasons' and was very moved by it. These are such complex times - hard for adults to navigate so it must be especially difficult for teens. This video provides a wonderful opportunity to have dialog with teens about depression and the emotions they are feeling. I liked the fact that the depression Jenny was feeling was hard for her to understand and that it illustrated the guilt that she felt over feeling depressed when 'so many others in the world face much worse.' This video and the others in the 'Maple Ave' collection offer us unique opportunities to address real issues that teenagers face in today's complex world. These can serve as teaching tools that harness the power of television and address a real issue that is often not understood. I know that various community agencies that work with teenagers would find these resources invaluable. Thanks again for sending them.'
- Kim Kelling Engstrom, Education and Outreach Manager, WFSU, Tallahassee, FL
'MAPLE AVE really opened my eyes to the many issues that teens face today. It's been a few years - well, more like several years - since I was a teenager, and their issues are really a lot more complex today than when I was their age! MAPLE AVE's shows are very informative for anyone wanting to understand today's youth, and especially for someone working with teens like I currently do.'
- Wendy Winks, Regional Director Southern California, Paul Green School of Rock Music
'I grew up surrounded by the many issues your videos face, especially depression and self injury, I just wanted to say the videos are really good, they hit really close to home (made me cry) This is tough stuff..... Things DO get better, which is the reason WHY I like your videos, they provide Hope, and THAT's what more youth need to witness...'
- Ashley R., 'Maple Ave' DVD viewer