2014-06-26 / Front Page

Thompson Students Shine in Film Spotlight

Thompson Middle School students got the chance to taste a bit of glamour á la Hollywood this week when they walked the red carpet on the way to the screening of their documentaries at the Jane Pickens Theater. The students, dressed in their finest, were greeted by media reps and adoring fans – and the packed house was enthusiastic to the dozen films screened.

The premiere was the culminating event of the months-long “It Takes a Village” project, where students scattered across the city examinied issues impacting the community. They worked in groups and interviewed area residents as part of their research, generating a great deal of support and interest in the assignment. Students were given a free reign on the subject matter and shared cameras to make the documentaries.

The four- to six-minute films tackled themes ranging from weighty subjects on the local economy, environment, and education to issues on the teen years, music, and humor.

An Academy Awards-style ceremony followed the screening and honored the young filmmakers, chosen from 30 submissions at the school, who have been working on the documentaries all term. Many of those interviewed for the films served as presenters at the ceremony.

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