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March 3, 2011

TWLOHA Story Coming to Big Screen

Kat Dennings in title role for 'Renee,' who sparked To Write Love on Her Arms ministry

The trivia section on Kat Dennings' IMDb webpage says that "most of the characters she plays tend to be 'rebellious daughters' around 15 or 16." Dennings, 24, will tackle that role yet again in the upcoming Renee, a film about the troubled teenage girl who sparked the ministry To Write Love on Her Arms.

According to a press release from TWLOHA, the movie, which began filming on February 23, "is inspired by the true story of Renee Yohe (at right), a young Florida woman whose commitment to cease her cycle of chaos from drug addiction, alcohol abuse and self-injury motivates many teenagers and young adults today." The film follows Renee's spiral into addiction, depression and self-injury. In a creative blend of artistic fantasy balanced with harsh reality, the movie follows Renee on her courageous journey toward recovery."

TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski is a friend of the real-life Renee. He and others came to her side during her troubles in early 2006; Tworkowski wrote an essay about the situation titled, "To Write Love on Her Arms," which ultimately became the name of his organization. TWLOHA is a non-profit movement "dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. [It] exists to encourage, inform, inspire and to invest directly into treatment and recovery."

CT did a brief profile on Tworkowski several months ago.