Cullowhee teen wins national film competition

Anne Wade of Cullowhee received first prize in the National Coalition Against Censorship's youth expression film contest for her short film, "Don't Let Them Take Your Voice."

Cullowhee teen Anne Wade took on the complex issue of censorship in schools and won first place in the National Coalition Against Censorship’s 11th annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest. Her eery, black-and-white silent film, titled “Don’t Let Them Take Your Voice,” impressed the judges with its imagination as well as its deep understanding of censorship beyond the young filmmaker’s years, according to a press release.

“I’m incredibly honored,” Wade said when she got the news that her film had won. “It is my hope that the message presented by my film conveys the importance of free speech — not only in small-town America, like the place I call home, but also throughout the world.”


Wade will receive a $1,000 prize as well as a trip to New York City to attend a free screening of the films on March 21.

All of the semifinalists’ videos can be viewed on the NCAC website. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) describes itself as “an alliance of 50 national nonprofit organizations dedicated to defending freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.”


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.