They all made handy props to children from the
The four-minute film was shot this summer outside the main entrance to the
"It's quite hilarious," said 15-year-old
Smith, who has produced, shot and edited videos for major TV networks and private clients for the past two decades, is the video production instructor at the
For the past three summers, he also has been teaching the movie production class in
Smith helped the class focus their ideas, which the children admitted were often wild and crazy, and sometimes a little violent.
"There were so many ideas that were being thrown out," Warrington said. In the end, the love story won out for its practicality.
The movie production class is part of the nonprofit's career technology curriculum, which provides instruction in areas such as farming technology, construction science, woodworking, and electronics and robotics through partnerships with
"We don't know who's going to do what," Cohen said. "All we can do is give them the tools to do it."
The class already has inspired Warrington to become more involved in the performing arts, and he said he has signed up to participate in drama at school.
"It was a good time," 14-year-old
Originally, it was intended that final selections for the film festival would be comprised of three movies from each category: under 18, and 18 and over. But
Also lacking among submissions were local filmmakers. The festival was open to any
Colladay puts the blame on him, saying the late start and short schedule attracted mostly filmmakers who had projects "ready to go."
Other selections include "A Conversation" and "Nick Gets Replaced" by
"Somewhere Between Freedom and
All of the films are less than 12 minutes long, and with the exception of "The Anti-Social Network," they're fit for nearly most audiences. A couple of movies feature violence, but it is either very brief or occurs off-screen, Colladay said. And from what he could remember, no obscene language is used.
"At the worst, it would be TV-MA," Colladay said, referencing the television rating that warns some content may be unsuitable for children under 17, "something you would see after 8 o'clock on late-night television."
The movies will be shown at three downtown locations: the
There is no cost to view the films, which start playing at
Despite the limited submission, Colladay said the process opened his eyes to the number of filmmakers in the state, and he's encouraged about the state of the industry in
"I was kind of pleasantly surprised by the amount that was there and the quality of their work," he said.
Colladay will try it all again next year, he said, and he'll start soon enough to give residents more time to make their movies.
The kids down at the
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