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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2014

The Old and New Faces of Poverty Spotlighted in Film and Panel Discussion

Key Info

  • The Line, documentary film showing the old and new faces of poverty
  • Panel discussion following film
  • Monday, May 5, 8 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101
  • Free and open to the public

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—What does the face of poverty in the United States look like? You can find out Monday, May 5, by attending a special screening of a short documentary film by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Linda Midgett. The Line will be shown at 8 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101 on the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) campus. Some examples seen in the film include a former suburban banker who now relies on a food pantry and an aging career fisherman whose business was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf coast.

Following the film, a panel discussion will be held which will further delve into the face of poverty on the local as well as national level. Panelists scheduled to appear are:

  • Tony Hudson, executive director of Blue Jacket, Inc.
  • Pastor Donovan Coley, CEO of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission
  • Rebecca Karcher, grants administrator for the City of Fort Wayne
  • Rachel L. Rayburn, Ph.D., assistant professor of public policy at IPFW
  • Steve Hoffman, CEO of Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI)

The screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rayburn at 260-481-6532 or