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Student Film Festival to showcase local talent

In the Storytelling Capital of the World, Jonesborough’s youths are finding new ways to tell their stories.
 On Nov. 18, The McKinney Center will host the first Jonesborough Student Film Festival featuring twelve short films, each between two and four minutes in length. These short films are student written and directed, including animations, documentaries and live-action shorts mixed with green screen (chromakey) technology.
 This festival brings together the films created over the past year through the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center. The program has offered four classes in film and animation to include an after-school program at Jonesborough Elementary School.  This program has allowed students to develop stories through story boards, and apply their stories into short animations. This summer, a one-week film camp was held, in which students wrote script treatments, plotted a story board, scouted locations and filmed on location as well as in a green screen studio in the basement of the McKinney Center. Students then edited their own work, adding sound effects and music. A one-day animated workshop was held, in which students created a cartoon short of their own creation. This fall, the twelve week semester program held at the McKinney Center taught students how to plot a story, develop a script treatment, create a storyboard and film, direct and edit their own short feature.
 “I’ve been impressed by the different styles of filmmaking these students are choosing, and how unique each of their stories are,” said Jules Corriere, who teaches the film classes at the McKinney Center. “We’ve got a heart-felt documentary, fantasy adventures, live-action films, and truly wonderful animated stories with some even based on true stories and others that leap wildly from the students’ imagination.”
 The Student Film Festival will also mark the premier of a new animated commercial for Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center. The students in this fall’s film class just completed the commercial, which highlights many of the arts programming happening at the McKinney Center, for youths and adults. The students from the film class served as voice-over artists for this animated commercial.
 Student filmmakers will experience movie star treatment as they are picked up in a limousine and transported to their red-carpet debuts at the McKinney Center. There will be an opportunity to speak to the students and take photos during their red carpet walk to the premier.
 “Jonesborough has incredibly talented young people. We are hoping to fill the McKinney Center auditorium for this premier, as we really honor the work of these future film makers, writers and directors,” McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said. “I hope the community comes out for this special event.”
 Film and animation classes are scheduled to continue next year, with the new classes beginning in January.
 Jonesborough’s Student Film Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, and is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact McKinney Center Outreach Director Jules Corriere at [email protected] or 794-6320.
“Spotlight on the Arts” is a column contributed by the Town of Jonesborough.