Local teen-made films on Vimeo

Nov 06, 2012
“The Roaring Twenties” was the first film executed by the Teen Filmmaking Group at the Farnsworth Art Museum and features, among other things, vintage zombies.

Rockland — The Teen Filmmaking Group at the Farnsworth Art Museum has produced three short films thus far and is making them available for viewing online at no charge on the Vimeo website.

The group consists of about 10 students, all interested in pursuing various careers in film production. They have been creating films since 2010 and are focusing on distributing them locally, nationally and perhaps internationally.

“We believe that our films should be promoted because they carry important messages about art, education, and social issues, to name a few,” said Patrick Beacham, who mentors the students.

The first film, created in the fall of 2010, is an eight-minute-long narrative music video called “The Roaring Twenties.” The group collaborated with Alexis Pastuhov, a local musician, and shot the entire film with an iPhone, “proving that anybody can make a film if they put their mind to it,” said Beacham. Through this experience, the Teen Filmmaking Group grew together as collaborators and creators. “The Roaring Twenties” was premiered at the Strand Theatre in Rockland later that fall.

In January 2011, the group came together again to start its next project, a stop-motion animation documentary called “ArtWORKS.” This 18-minute-long film illustrates how art helps at-risk teens cope with problems and raises awareness about social and economic issues surrounding the lives of teens. The Teen Filmmaking Group became experienced animators while learning to communicate to an audience through film. “ArtWORKS” was premiered at the Strand Theatre that summer.

The making of “Stories of the Land and its People” in the fall of 2011 proved to be the group’s longest project yet, documenting how integrating art into standard school curriculums helps to advance the learning in schools around the Midcoast. Each member of the Teen Filmmaking Group apprenticed with the director on a specific job during the filming and editing processes. Through this, they learned specific skills and built confidence as filmmakers. “Stories of the Land and its People” was premiered at the Strand Theatre in August of this year.

Because each of our films were shown for one night only, we would love to spread the word about them being available online. This way we can broaden our audience, and our impact on the local community as young filmmakers.

“Because each of our films were shown for one night only, we would love to spread the word about them being available online. This way we can broaden our audience, and our impact on the local community as young filmmakers,” said Beacham, who added the Group would like to invite other students to join them in the creation of its next film project.

The films can be viewed at vimeo.com/farnsworthmuseum.

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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