Owls Head students make red carpet debut

By Dan Otis Smith | Apr 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Jessie Davis Students and parents enjoy the premiere of a series of student films.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre hosted a red carpet event the evening of March 5, with top members of Owls Head’s brash, young film scene in attendance.

About 250 up-and-comers from Owls Head Central School’s third and fourth grades, with their adult patrons, packed in to the Strand for the premiere of a series of short films inspired by works of literature.

The Owls Head students selected scenes out of their favorite books and stories from which they adapted scripts and performed in short films shot before a green screen. “Rapunzel,” “The War of the Worlds” and an account of the destruction of Pompeii were among the stories adapted by the students.

These budding writing and acting talents were discovered and cultivated by veterans of the dramatic arts from the Bass Harbor-based Barn Arts Collective, a performance and educational group that helped the students bring their visions to the silver screen.

The audience’s delight was clear throughout the show, as evidenced by enthusiastic laughter and flashing cameras.

Andrew Simon of the Barn Arts Collective said these students of the stage were getting a chance to think critically in creating the adaptations. Peter Logue, an independent filmmaker who worked with the kids on the project, said they had also learned a little bit about what it is like to be on a film set. Brittany Parker of Barn Arts also worked on the project.

"It's a blast," said Simon. "The real joy is watching the kids watching it the whole time."

Jessie Davis, executive director at the Strand, said the project was an opportunity for the nonprofit theater to provide a service to local families and kids.

The program was made possible through a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation and by the members and donors of the Strand.

Reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 x123 or by email at dsmith@villagesoup.com.

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