That’s a wrap! Over the past three weeks high school students learned about the pre-production, production, and post-production process and created their own remarkable narrative films. Fourteen Hudson Valley teenage students had the opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process from three teachers and three teacher assistants, as well as from visiting film industry professionals such as: Cynthia Kane creator of DOCday on Sundance Channel, cinematographer Michael Simmonds (HALLOWEEN, NEVER), sound mixer Carl Welden, writer and director Katherine Dieckmann (STRANGE WEATHER, MOTHERHOOD), post production extraordinaire Chad Smith, composer Peter Wetzler, and prolific casting director Ellen Chenoweth (O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU).
Gregg Bray, PHD, who has worked as a teacher for the Youth Film Lab in its second year now, said it was “a truly remarkable experience. It's amazing to work with such eager young people who are so imaginative, creative, and hard-working. Seeing the students pour their thoughts and feelings into the world using such a powerful vehicle as film was truly remarkable. It was just a pleasure to be part of the process.”
After a visit to Radio Kingston where the students were interviewed on the air, the students, teachers and teacher assistants went back to the Center for Creative Education for the premiere of their three films. The films will be shown to the public at the 20th Annual Woodstock Film Festival this October.
“We can see how this program will show girls that this is a field for them, and we will continue to have the explosion of women in film – letting us hear their stories - written and directed by them, for generations to come. Thank you for giving her the opportunity of a lifetime. Really - thank you is not enough. You have changed a life.”