Movie Makers Fifteenth-Anniversary Celebration & Screening | Varsity Theatre | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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Movie Makers Fifteenth-Anniversary Celebration & Screening 

When: Sun., Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

Most kids watch a movie and come away entertained; others feel a burning desire to make one of their own. The latter have propelled Movie Makers, which celebrates fifteen years as a resource for Triangle kids with movies on their minds. This Durham-based film-making school for young people began as Melissa Lozoff's creative project after a twenty-year acting and entertainment career. She started with just two classes, in an era when the ability to film something was not a simple iPhone app away. The school's offerings and participants have grown considerably since then. Still, the nitty-gritty work of cinema—story, character, blocking out scenes, costumes, sets, lighting, and props—remains the focus, with the kids involved every step of the way. And the curriculum doesn't pander: silent movies, film noir, and medieval fantasy have all been the focus of recent Movie Makers projects for children, some still in their single digits. One constant is the showing of the kids' work at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill. Tonight's showing, complete with door prizes and red carpet, features the latest works from each of the school's three age groups, whose titles indicate their worldview nicely: the youngest give us "The Warlock Stone" while the oldest serve up "The Relationship." Art imitates life at any age. —David Klein

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