The Farnsworth Art Museum will host an encore screening of two made-by-local-teens films Tuesday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.

“ArtWorks” is a stop-motion animation film created by local middle and high school students, and “The Roaring 20s” is a youth- produced music video featuring local singer/songwriter Alexis Pastuhov. The Strand presentation will be accompanied by documentaries on the making of each short film.

In “ArtWorks,” the students from the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists took real-life issues such as homelessness and school dropout and, using lively colors and inventive techniques, imaginatively recast them in miniature with hand-crafted sets including a Lego village, shadow puppets and clay animation figures. In a layered and poignant narrative, teens anonymously recount how art — dance, music, theater, the written word or the visual arts —helped them through particularly challenging times in their lives. Students in the Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists program creatively visualized these narratives in ways that are both sensitive and magical, demonstrating how “art works” as a form of solace and inspiration.

“The Roaring Twenties” is a joint collaboration between The Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Over a two-month period, participants were involved in pre-production, directing, screenwriting, acting, camera work, set photography, sound and post-production, working under the guidance of director Nicole Marie Fuller and production designer Virginia Hastings. Together, they created a 1920s-themed music video, shot entirely on the iPhone, featuring fantastical montages and vintage zombies.

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