Festival premiers on March 10

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By Jessica Johnson jessicajohnson@civitasmedia.com

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The Mount Airy Public Library is putting the call out to all teenagers to enter the library’s second-annual Teen Film Festival, with entries due by March 3. The festival is set for 6 p.m. on March 10, and it is free and open to the public.

Angela Llewellyn, with the Mount Airy Public Library, said she is excited about watching the films submitted for this year’s festival, with a theme that follows the idea of “do it yourself.”

“We want teens to create their take on a classic movie, with the guidelines that films can be no longer than ten minutes, and all work on the films must be done by teens only — including acting, scripting, directing, filming, and editing,” Llewellyn shared.

All films must be rated G, so any viewers can watch, she added.

“If you had ten minutes to tell the story of “King Kong,” how would you film it?” Llewellyn asked. “What about “Casablanca” or “It’s a Wonderful Life?” We want teens to film their take on a classic movie.”

All films should be turned in on a DVD to Angela Llewellyn at the Mount Airy Public Library by the deadline on March 3.

Teen Tech Week activities at the library

The festival will be part of the library’s celebration of Teen Tech Week. Other free activities for teens are planned for the week

The movie version of the book “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be shown for free at the library on March 11 at 6 p.m.

A craft class for teenagers will be held on March 12 at 4 p.m. and an art class for teenagers is set for March 13 at 4 p.m. Both the craft class and art class are free.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent users of technology, especially technology offered through the library, such as DVDs, databases, audio books, and video games, and to encourage teenagers to use the libraries’ non-print resources for education and recreation.

Teen Tech week began in 2007 and has a general theme of “Get Connected @ Your Library” with this year’s theme as “DIY @ your library,” according to the Teen Tech Week website at teentechweek.ning.com.

According to the tech week website, millions of teenagers do not have access to a home computer, and if were not for libraries, many would “miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills” because libraries “offer a bridge across the digital divide.” Digital literacy skills are critical for anyone in the modern world, used to secure jobs, obtain scholarships, and manage an online identity in a responsible way.

For more information about Teen Tech Week activities and the Teen Film Festival, call the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108.

Last year’s Teen Film Festival

Last year, the library held the first Teen Film Festival, complete with a red carpet premier featuring a collection of eight short films written and produced entirely by teenagers. The theme for last year’s films was based around reading, books, or the library. Llewellyn said that she was “very impressed” with last year’s films, and added that it was a “great first time effort.”

Surry Early College Students sent in five films, including Lauren Henderson and Cole Gentry’s “One More Chapter” which was a nod to a segment from the comedy show “Portlandia” that incorporated Gentry and Henderson’s love of the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” series.

North Surry High School Student Michael Boyd’s film “The Mystery of the Missing Librarian” starred himself, Erica Puckett, Avery Pike, Jordan Flippen, and Anthony Tate, in a Scooby-Doo parody.

Mount Airy High School student John Ferry and friend Jonathan Carpenter, a homeschool student, showed their film “Mount Airy Library” which was an epic movie-style adventure.

Reach Jessica Johnson at 719-1933 or on Twitter @MountAiryJess.

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