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Maple Ave - Teen Drama Series (dvd)

For grades 7-12

10 DVDs with Teaching Guides

Maple Ave

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.

Episode Descriptions

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.

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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 / View Video Clip

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 / View Video Clip

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 / View Video Clip

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 / View Video Clip

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 / View Video Clip

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 / View Video Clip

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 / View Video Clip

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.Learn More / View Video Clip

Run Time: 23 Minutes



 
Maple 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.

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Run Time: 18 minutes


Episode Descriptions

  • Maple Ave: JENNY'S REASONS (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To spotlight & better recognize the signs of teen depression
    and suicidal ideation.

    * To explore the impact that troubled parents have on their
    children's mental health and overall well-being.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to
    a teen they feel may be privately struggling with depression.


    THE STORY:

    Bridging the gap between education and entertainment, "Jenny's Reasons" provides a haunting look at teen depression and the often unwitting family dynamics that surround it. 

    The powerful, award-winning short finds its main character, Jenny, in the throes of clinical depression, unable to understand the reasons she "feels so bad all the time".  Deeply confused and desperately overwhelmed, Jenny makes plans to end her life - plans that are ultimately thwarted when her best friend, Tanya, confronts her and shares a dark secret of her own.

    Run Time: 20 minutes
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  • Maple Ave: GHOSTS IN THE HALL (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To spotlight & better recognize the signs of teen bullying and depression.

    * To explore the impact that bullying has on a teen's mental health and overall well-being.

    * To examine what peers, educators and parents can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be the victim of a bully and/or struggling with depression.

    THE STORY:

    The second episode in the award-winning "Maple Ave" series focuses on teen bullying and the tragedies inherent when parents as well as their teens unfairly label one another.

    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.  In contrast, Jenny's family engages in healthy confrontations as they cope with their concerns following Jenny's period of depression, from the episode "Jenny's Reasons."

    Run Time: 23 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: THE HURTING (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To spotlight & better recognize warning signs/behavior of potential self-injurers and victims of domestic violence.

    * To explore the core reasons people self-injure.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a potential self-injurer and/or victim of domestic violence.

    THE STORY:

    In this award-winning episode, series character Ashley resorts to "cutting" to cope with an abusive father, who's regularly victimized her family as far back as she can remember.

    Like a growing number of teens nationwide, Ashley regularly cuts her arms and legs, substituting her overwhelming inner pain and rage with an external pain that she is seemingly better able to manage. This last illusion is finally dispelled in a heart-wrenching finale that finds a desperate Ashley reaching out to a sympathetic teacher, Ms. Tanner, for help.

    Run Time: 21 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: P.S. I MISS YOU (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To explore the aftermath of suicide and the potentially tragic impact it has on those left behind.

    * To spotlight and better recognize warning signs for suicidal ideation and substance abuse.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to someone they feel is exhibiting self-destructive behaviors after losing someone to suicide.

    THE STORY:

    This award-winning episode focuses on series regular Tanya, and the toll her family situation has taken on her in the year and a half following her older brother's suicide.

    During this time, Tanya has been coping by helping others, but gradually this proves not to be enough, and she turns to drinking to ease her pain, in between haunting dreams about her dead brother. Ultimately, things get out of control and her best friend, Jenny intervenes to get her friend some much-needed help.

    Run Time: 21 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: HATING TAMI (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To explore the dynamic of relational aggression among teenage girls (its roots and oft-times tragic aftermath).

    * To spotlight and better recognize the sometimes subtle signs of female bullying and cyberbullying in order to better guard against them.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to someone they feel may be the victim or the victimizer in a case of relational aggression.

    THE STORY:

    Angela and her friends take every opportunity to make Tami's life miserable, even going so far as to pose as a boy interested in Tami on a social networking site. During the film, we are also introduced to Tami and Angela's respective parents, ultimately providing clues to their behavior and various life stressors.

    While Tami's hyper-competitve parents continually pressure their "A" student daughter to be the best at everything, Angela's single Mom appears more interested in being her daughter's best friend than her parents. 

    All the while, sympathetic teacher Ms. Hutchinson has been attempting to reach out to Tami but finds her reluctant to open up.  In a dramatic turn of events, Angela's cruel prank is uncovered - but is it too late?

    Run Time: 26 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: MORE THAN THIS (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To explore the roots of negative body image and self-esteem issues that can contribute to steroid abuse and eating disorders.

    * To spotlight and better recognize the sometimes subtle signs of steroid abuse and eating disorders (including their destructive subcultures that promote them).

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to someone they feel may be privately struggling with steroid abuse or an eating disorder.

    THE STORY:

    Living in the shadow of his older brother's past athletic glories, Donnie turns to steroid abuse to help him "measure up" on the basketball court. Not long after, he finds his life slowly spinning out of control as his girlfriend, Angela tries in vain to help him kick his addiction.

    In the meantime, Angela is also struggling to convince her friends, Dara and Lucy, that contrary to what they've read on the internet, anorexia and bulimia are not "lifestyle choices" but, instead, serious medical disorders. Angela should know; she too once struggled with bulimia but now finds herself reluctant to share this potentially helpful fact with her two misguided friends.

    Donnie's coach, Jack, is also struggling with intervening in what he suspects may be Donnie's steroid problem. However, once Jack's sister, Joy, reminds him of her son's tragic loss to drugs, he is forced to reconsider his position. Focusing on body image issues via steroid abuse and eating disorders, "More Than This" also strongly emphasizes the importance of doing right by others - even when it's personally difficult.

    Run Time: 27 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: PROMISE ME (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To explore the impact that troubled parents, particularly those suffering with addictions, have on their children's well-being and overall mental health.

    * To spotlight and better recognize the signs of teen depression and suicidal ideation.

    * To examine the behaviors of parents struggling with problem gambling and alcoholism addictions in order to more effectively connect with them in a Guidance / Counseling setting.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling with a compromised support system (due to troubled/addicted parents).


    THE STORY:

    Ann is forced to face the grim reality that her parents' addictions of alcoholism and problem gambling are slowly destroying her family. While her older brother Mike's quiet stoicism is sorely tested by their alcoholic mother's denial of reality, Ann's own initial reluctance is also an issue.  However, after Ann's father gambles away her college fund, she can no longer avoid the truth - and soon grows deeply depressed. Though her brother and best friend, Tami sense something's wrong, will they be in time to avert a potential tragedy?

    Run Time: 18 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: LOVES ME NOT (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To spotlight and better recognize the signs of teen dating violence.

    * To examine the behaviors of both victim and abuser in order to more effectively connect with them in a Guidance / Counseling setting.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling in an abusive relationship.


    THE STORY:

    "Loves Me Not" focuses on dating/domestic violence from the POV of a 17 year old deceased victim named Cari.

    Cari was relentlessly beaten by her boyfriend, Marcos, and so viciously bullied by his friends after leaving him that she, ultimately, took her own life.

    Now Cari finds herself helplessly watching the same thing happen all over again to another girl, Sharon (Marcos' new girlfriend). Between her manipulative and violent boyfriend and her self-absorbed parents, Sharon would appear to have the deck stacked against her - but her best friend, Tina refuses to give up on her.

    Even as Sharon pushes her away, Tina desperately searches for a way to save her friend from meeting the same fate as Cari.

    Run Time: 17 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: AFTER I'M GONE (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To spotlight and better recognize the signs of suicidal ideation.

    * To examine the various backgrounds and behaviors of those suffering with suicidal thoughts/impulses in order to more effectively connect with them in a Guidance / Counseling setting.

    * To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling with suicidal ideation.


    THE STORY:

    "After I'm Gone" takes a revealing and insightful look at teen suicide from the perspective of Cari (see ‘Loves Me Not'); a young girl who appears to have taken her life due to relentless abuse from her parents and peers.

    As Cari observes life from the other side, she meets Christine, an older more rebellious spirit, who reluctantly acts as her guide and confidante. Together they observe Michael, an artist friend of Cari's, who has also been the victim of bullying and abusive parents.

    As a desperate Michael begins to contemplate suicide, a helpless Cari is suddenly forced to revisit her own nightmares,...and  find a way home.

    Run Time: 23 minutes

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  • Maple Ave: TURN IN THE ROAD (dvd)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    * To spotlight and better recognize the potentially catastrophic dangers of distracted driving.

    * To examine the aftermath of losing a loved one and how to more effectively reach out to those left behind during the grieving process.

    * To better recognize suicidal ideation and help get that individual into a Guidance / Counseling setting.


    THE STORY:

    In this Emmy nominated tenth and final film in the Maple Ave series, teen ghost Christine Dawn has her hands full when the spirit of a student recently killed by a distracted driver needs her help to find closure for his embittered, grieving sister. When Christine discovers that the distracted driver was a fellow student, she knows she has her work cut out for her in a High School turned upside down by tragedy.

    Run Time: 18 minutes

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Awards & Reviews

Awards

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)

 

Reviews

"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

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Volume 1
Maple Ave: JENNY'S REASONS (dvd)
A Story About Teen Depression
Price $ 79.95
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Volume 2
Maple Ave: GHOSTS IN THE HALL (dvd)
The Aftermath of Bullying
Price $ 79.95
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Volume 3
Maple Ave: THE HURTING (dvd)
Self-Injury (Cutting) for Relief
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Volume 4
Maple Ave: P.S. I MISS YOU (dvd)
The Aftermath of Suicide
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Volume 5
Maple Ave: HATING TAMI (dvd)
A Look at Female Bullying
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Volume 6
Maple Ave: MORE THAN THIS (dvd)
Steroid Abuse & Eating Disorders
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Volume 7
Maple Ave: PROMISE ME (dvd)
Parents With Addictions
Price $ 79.95
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Volume 8
Maple Ave: LOVES ME NOT (dvd)
A Story About Dating Violence
Price $ 79.95
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Volume 9
Maple Ave: AFTER I'M GONE (dvd)
A story About Suicide Awareness
Price $ 79.95
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Volume 10
Maple Ave: TURN IN THE ROAD (dvd)
A Story About Distracted Driving & Its Aftermath
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