Making Movies that Matter: A Youth Short Film Festival
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 03, 2016 at 1:27 AM
Earlier this year, I launched my Making Movies that Matter Youth Short Film Festival involving hundreds of young film makers from elementary, middle, and high school campuses throughout Council District 12 and the San Fernando Valley. Community College and undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit films. The Film Festival will culminate on May 19, 2016, with a juried competition and screening at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge.
Open to any students in the four designated age categories, what makes this project unique is that the pilot cadre of 26 Council District 12 sponsored schools are receiving mentoring from award-winning artists-in-residence as part of the CalArts Community Arts Program as well as state-of-the-art smartphone technology bundles that the schools keep – all fully funded by my office.
My hope is that these young filmmakers will learn our hometown art of moviemaking and perhaps, at the same time, find a purpose and cause that inspires them to create quality films which impact others. Who knows, there may be a future Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow or Alejandro Iñárritu out there waiting for the opportunity to express themselves.
The themes of social action and civic engagement will be reinforced throughout the project and students are invited to express themselves in one of four genres: animation, public service announcement, live action, and documentary.
Other key players in this partnership include the Department of Cultural Affairs, Valley Relics Museum, the Institute for Community Health and Well Being, Local District Northwest (LAUSD) and Speck. Ongoing training and technical support is also available to all project participants throughout the process at several locations throughout the Valley and awards and scholarships will be presented at a red carpet event at VPAC.
The Making Movies that Matter Culminating Event:
Thursday, May 19
Reception: 5:00 pm
Film Festival: 6:00 pm
Cal. State University, Northridge - Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Click here to listen to my 102.7 KIIS FM interview.
Details and updates for the Making Movies that Matter Youth Short Film Festival can be found at www.cd12movies.com. If you have any questions, contact Ron Rubine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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