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Last updated 12:11AM ET
July 17, 2018
New York Festivals recognizes WOUB Passion Works production
(WOUB) - The WOUB documentary "Passion Works: A Story of Flying" has been named a finalist by the New York Festivals International Film & Video Awards. The New York Festivals International Film & Video Awards recognize "The World's Best Work" in informational, educational, and industrial film productions and corporate video. The competition also covers short film, feature-length film, and home videos. The Film and Video Awards see entries from more than 30 countries around the world.

"Passion Works" tells of an Athens-based art studio that showcases the works of adult artists who overcome limitations to reach new creative and artistic achievements. This one-hour documentary, produced and directed by Blis Hanousek DeVault and edited by Eric Anderson, shows how an active community arts program can inspire, transform, and even transport people to reach new passions and new places, regardless of the person's history, social standing, physical limitations, or so-called disabilities.

The documentary premiered at the Athens Film Festival in 2005 and aired on WOUB in February 2006. The documentary was distributed nationally by PBS Plus and has been broadcast on numerous PBS stations nationwide. In the documentary studio artists discuss their place in the artistic process, both individually and collaboratively; the mayor of Athens, Ric Abel, dedicates the Passion Works' flower as the official flower of Athens; and the Governor of Ohio, Bob Taft, discusses and the impact of Passion Works' Studio Art upon him and the state's First Lady Hope Taft. Included are interviews with local and regional community members along with a look at of how the studio serves as a community resource. The program began in 1996 with a modest grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

Information about the Passion Works studio can be found at or

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