Farnsworth teen-created films on MPBN

Apr 09, 2014
Camden’s Clio Berta works on a stop-motion film in the Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists filmmaking program.

Rockland — Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s television stations will air three Farnsworth-produced teen-created films as part of the MPBN Community Films series. The broadcasts are scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 10 p.m.; and Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department has been engaging teens in film workshops for more than five years. “Stories of the Land and Its People” examines the Farnsworth/public school collaboration, now in its third year, where the arts are infused into the instruction of academic subjects and digital photography is used for self-expression and as a tool for learning. “artWORKS” explores how Maine teens negotiate difficult life situations, such as homelessness and school drop-out, by using art as inspiration and solace; innovative animation techniques, such as Claymation and Pixilation, are used by the talented Julia’s Gallery teen filmmakers to bring these touching stories to life. And “Everybody Has Their Roots” follows the teens who made “artWORKS” as they learn not only about stop-motion animation, but also about the problems facing teens in their own community.

In addition to its teen film workshops, the Farnsworth has been presenting films in multiple programs for many years. Its many partnerships with the Strand Theatre include First Friday Films, which present art-themed films on the first Friday of each month, and Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series, which screens nine art films from filmmakers throughout the world followed by an on-screen Skype Q&A period. For more information about the many film-related programs at the Farnsworth, call the Education Department at 596-0949.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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