“Body Image and Eating Disorders: A Gay Man's Perspective”
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders / Jun. 17, 2020
Since recovering from anorexia in 2018, Angelo has worked with ANAD to give a voice to men suffering from eating disorders in the LGBTQ+ community. Angelo recently completed “The Incredible Jake Parker,” a feature film about a teenage popstar’s battle with anorexia, and hopes to release it soon.
“Chroma: Best of CCAD and MFA Thesis Exhibition Go Online”
Columbus College of Art & Design / May 21, 2020
Thomas used his experience with anorexia to write a screenplay about a teenage popstar’s secret battle with the disease. It became a feature film and his senior capstone project, The Incredible Jake Parker. The movie’s trailer is exhibited in Chroma. After graduation, Thomas will continue his work in the independent film industry as he develops additional screenplays and makes films.
“Caps off to the 2020 Outstanding Seniors!”
Columbus College of Art & Design / Jan. 1, 2020
It’s been an annual tradition for Columbus College of Art & Design faculty to select Outstanding Seniors based on their academic and artistic accomplishments. Congratulations to CCAD’s 2020 Outstanding Seniors, you have risen to the challenge of doing your best, so we can’t wait to see what’s next!
“Columbus Eating Disorder Clinic Battles Assumptions about the Disease”
Columbus CEO / Nov. 26, 2019
Angelo Thomas has gone on to create a documentary where he interviewed people from the center. He’s also written a book and film based on his journey to wellness. His film and senior thesis, called The Incredible Jake Parker (also the title of his book) tells the story of a famous musician who is battling an eating disorder.
“Walk Fights Stigma Surrounding Eating Disorders”
The Lantern / Apr. 8, 2019
Angelo Thomas, advocate and filmmaker, said he saw a disconnect between what he looked like and what he thought a gay man should like when he started battling anorexia. After receiving treatment, Thomas became a spokesperson for The Center for Balanced Living and an ambassador for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). “For the people that didn’t make it, I feel like I can be a voice for them,” Thomas said. “I can share their stories because they can’t.”
“CCAD Student's Book Benefits Eating Disorder Associations”
Columbus College of Art & Design / Feb. 12, 2019
“I wrote The Incredible Jake Parker as a screenplay before I ever thought about writing the book, so I’ve always envisioned it being a feature film. It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to make the film this summer, and I can’t wait to get started and to share that experience with everyone,” says Thomas.
(614) Magazine / Oct. 3, 2018
Amidst a battle with anorexia and depression with an unforeseeable end, Angelo Thomas came to find his purpose. Not only as a film student at CCAD, but by becoming the voice of those who had endured a similar struggle. In May, Angelo debuted To A Life Worth Living, a cathartic short film documenting his experience with anorexia, and then this fall, followed up with a young adult novel based on a similar character.
“The Incredible Jake Parker Breaks YA And Body Positivity Barriers”
Study Breaks Magazine / Sept. 14, 2018
Angelo Thomas’ debut novel, The Incredible Jake Parker, shatters readers’ preconceived ideas of body image. In the age of body positivity, women are increasingly being liberated from unreachable physical expectations. Retail lines and media institutions have worked to reverse dangerous trends, such as fat-phobia, that have led many to develop mental health issues and eating disorders. However, despite the momentum being made within the body positivity movement, Thomas’ young adult story exposes one of its major oversights: its exclusion of men.
“Anorexia in Males: Interview & Conversation”
Chris Henrie / Jun. 2, 2018
“Columbus College Of Art & Design Student Documents Anorexia Battle”
Study Breaks Magazine / May 20, 2018
“The four years in which I struggled with anorexia were without a doubt the hardest and darkest of my life so far. To be able to turn an experience that negative into something positive was amazing, and I feel like making the film has been an important part of my recovery and moving forward.”
“Angelo Thomas and His Life Worth Living”
Columbus College of Art & Design / May 2, 2018
Change is hard. So begins a January 2018 Facebook post from Angelo Thomas (Film & Video, 2020) outlining his experience living with — and recovering from — an eating disorder. To a Life Worth Living, his new documentary short released Wednesday, May 2, examines the Louisville native’s struggle with anorexia, which began before his sophomore year of high school and spanned more than four years.
“CCAD Student Features Eating Disorder, Recovery in New Documentary”
Columbus Alive / May 2, 2018
Last month, Angelo Thomas celebrated his 20th birthday by going out to eat with friends and getting a tattoo on his left arm that reads “life worth living.” It was an important milestone for Thomas, who once told friends he didn’t expect to live past 20. “I couldn’t see a future for myself, and I honestly didn’t care if I had one or not,” Thomas said in his new documentary, To a Life Worth Living, which is available online. “The fact that I realized I could change my own life I think was really empowering.”
“CCAD Film Student Documents Anorexia Battle”
The Columbus Dispatch / May 2, 2018
“I want to encourage people who are dealing with the same kinds of things to get treatment and to ask for help and to be open,” said the 20-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky. “You have the power to change your life. You don’t have to be stuck with whatever you have.”
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