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Filmmaker Angela Shelton to speak at Ohio University March 4

ATHENS, Ohio (March 2, 2004) -- Filmmaker Angela Shelton will be speaking in the Baker University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. The program is sponsored by University Program Council and is free to all Ohio University students.

Angela SheltonShelton is a provocative documentary filmmaker who drove around the country and met every other Angela Shelton in America who would talk to her. She took "go find yourself" literally and looked herself up on the Internet where she found 76 Angela Sheltons. She spoke to 32 and told them her story and who she was, and they started to share their lives with her. Sixteen out of the 32 women Shelton spoke to had been raped, beaten or molested - herself included.

"My plan was to do a study of women by surveying every other woman with my name," said Shelton. "I wanted to see who we were, what we'd been through and where we were going. I certainly had a story. I wondered how many women had similar ones."

On Nov. 12, 2003, Shelton appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss her new movie, "Searching for Angela Shelton." On the program, Shelton explained how a quirky movie about women who share her name became a journey of self-discovery and a look at childhood sexual abuse. Shelton and her sister, Lisa, were molested by their father and stepbrother, Stephen, as children.

"Angela's story is something that interests students," said Kacie Scherry, UPC cultural arts chair. "Her popularity, as well as the popularity of her film, has grown a great deal recently. It is an honor to bring such a person to Athens for a program."

Tickets are no charge for students and $2 for general admission, and are available at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium box office. The box office is open from noon-5pm, Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the box office at (740) 593-1780. Depending on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the program.

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Media Contact: UPC Public Relations Director Lee Freedman, (740) 593-4171 or (740) 598-4333 or freedman@ohio.edu

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