After launching our first ever High School Short Film Competition in partnership with NapaLearns, in January, we put together three student film workshops to encourage, inspire, and teach young filmmakers how to create their own projects. Our first workshop took place in March, and was taught by NVFF award winning filmmaker, Kim Rocco Shields. During this workshop over 20 High School students learned the ins and ours of pre-production, including story development and storyboarding. Sophie, from New Technology High School, is just one student who came up with her own short film idea. Her story will follow a high school student named Raven who learns to create her own identify while growing up in a conservative household where conflict emerges with her family members who hold different ideas and beliefs. Below she shares what she learned during the first student workshop.
Before our High School Short Film Competition closes for submissions on June 2, we have two more student workshops coming up. The second takes place on APRIL 23 and will cover all aspects of production or “how to shoot your film.” This workshop will be taught by Anthony Lucero, the director of NVFF14 film favorite, East Side Sushi. After learning from Anthony, students will focus on post-production with Kim Rocco Shields instructing on MAY 13. After these three workshops, participating students will be able to take their initial short film idea, learn how to shoot it, edit it in post-production, and submit it to our student film competition with time to spare.
In addition to our workshops, NVFF Education will also be showing a special community screening of Kim Rocco Shield’s dramatic film Love is All You Need? on Thursday April 27 at the Napa Valley College Center of Performing Arts. The movie stars Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn, Elisabeth Rohm, Kyla Kenedy and Jeremy Sisto. The movie won Best Screenplay and Best Actress (for Kyla Kenedy) at NVFF16. Following this thought-provoking film, writer/director Kim Rocco Shields and co-writer David Tillman will have a powerful on-stage discussion with cast members and local community leaders. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about mental health, anti-bullying in schools, and suicide prevention while creating a space for community members to provide resources and solutions for those looking to change the perception and culture surrounding these relevant issues.
We are extremely excited to show this film along with Village : Napa and the Aldea Children and Family Services Courage Village. $10 tickets available now for adults. Students get in free (with student ID). Wine avaialbe for purchase. Doors open for reception with community partner exhibits at 5:00pm. Screening 6:00-8:00pm. Q&A 8:00pm- 8:45pm. RSVP Here.
See you at the movies!