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Bill Ballenger, founder of Break the Grey in 2005, has dedicated his life to be a catalyst for
change in the lives of youth who live a “grey” existence in a culture of uncertainty, a culture that
fosters a “whatever” lifestyle that can destroy. Troubled and bullied as a child, Ballenger grew
into a violent teenager, and became a young married father addicted to drugs and alcohol. Local
burglaries prompted a SWAT team to raid his home where he and his wife were arrested.
Ultimately their nine-month-old daughter was taken from them and they were each sentenced to
six years in prison with the Indiana Department of Corrections. It was there that Bill’s life
changed. Two years into his sentence, Ballenger and his wife were inexplicably released from
prison and their daughter returned to them. With a passion for helping others, Ballenger shares
his story challenging students to avoid the choices he made and take their lives and futures
seriously. Break the Grey is the fulfillment of Ballenger’s vow to give something positive back
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In today's fast paced communications era the smallest of actions can change a life within minutes. How do we deal with the changing face of love? How do we open the hearts of the fearful? Maybe by sharing our stories and starting a dialogue that permits people to think about what one word, one sentence, one text message or one status update can do to change the life of another human being. Could piecing together the digital moments of a couple's life over the course of a morning with only snippets of music, binaural stimulation, and silence allow you to walk, for 12 minutes, in someone else's shoes? What would you do? How would you respond? Who would you become?
Vonyse established herself as a multimedia specialist producing comedy segments for the “New Faces” of Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza Comedy festival, as well as being an integral contributor to brand development & marketing for the festival. She has also created online content and webpages for such brands as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Poison, Radiohead, Diana Ross, Amy Grant and more.
In recent years Vonyse has become more involved with filmmaking. She composed the title track for the short film “Triple Minority” which Won Best Narrative International Lesbian Short Movie Award at the Annual LGBT Film Festival in Tel Aviv. She collaborated on a number of shorts, handling editing, music supervision and graphic animation. Vonyse is currently editing the feature film “Quiet As Kept”.
“Being Less” marks the debut of Vonyse's own body of film work. And is a semi-autobiographical look at finding love and becoming fully self expressed.
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