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Film Screening: Zero Percent
April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Sean Pica and Tim Skousen.
Executive Director, Hudson Link
Sean Pica is one of Hudson Link’s founding members and an alumnus of the Class of 2001. Facing a 24-year sentence at the age of 16, when most young people his age were about to graduate high school, Sean entered the New York State correctional system. He decided to make the most of his time behind bars by becoming the first person in his family to earn a college degree.
After serving a 16-year sentence, Sean was released from prison and joined the board of Hudson Link which he helped found while incarcerated. In 2007, Sean moved from a board position to Executive Director of the organization. During his tenure, he has grown the program from 60 students attending Nyack College at Sing Sing Correctional Facility to more than 510 students attending college preparatory and college programs annually in 6 New York State correctional facilities. He also expanded Hudson Link’s services to include an Alumni Services Program which focuses on the very important work of providing re-entry support for its alumni to help them successfully transition back into their families and communities.
Sean’s responsibilities as executive director include program and operations management, business development, fundraising and implementation of the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.
Sean received his MPS from the New York Theological Seminary and his MSW from Hunter College. He serves on the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration; is co-chair of a strategic planning committee to form the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison which focuses on public awareness, advocacy and policy reform, programmatic support, research and data and resources and information sharing; was a founding member of the New York State Consortium for Higher Education in Prison, and serves on the Board of Directors for Career Gear and Saving Our Society re-entry organizations.
Director, “Zero Percent”
Tim Skousen is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director. At Moxie Pictures, one of the top commercial production companies in the world, Skousen has directed commercials for Nike, Microsoft, Sprint, Coca-Cola, Snapple, Nestle and others. He won a Bronze Lion at the prestigious Cannes Lions Awards for a documentary series about high school football for Cellular South in 2009. His first feature film, The Sasquatch Gang, won the Audience Award at Slamdance in 2006 and a Best Director award at Aspen Comedy Arts in 2006. His latest film, a documentary entitled Zero Percent (recently acquired by HBO), has won multiple awards at many festivals including Best Documentary at the Las Vegas, Urbanworld, Breckenridge, Vail, Arlington, and Ojai Film Festivals and the prestigious Silver Heart Award at the Dallas International Film Festival. Raised in America, the Bahamas, Chile and Britain, he currently resides in Utah with his family. He has a BFA in film from Brigham Young University.