The Filmmaker of Tomorrow Showcase is now in its 9th year and continues to draw creative short films from youth filmmakers all over the world. What began as a way to highlight local youth films has now grown into a global competition for young, aspiring filmmakers, from elementary through high school.
This year’s Showcase presents the finest films submitted from middle and high school students. Finalists are vying for cash prizes in several categories, which will be presented by sponsors at the end of the screening. This competition was juried by the program coordinators, Denise Dudley and Cassie Brown, who will MC the event, along with 16 yr. old Jack Kern and 12 yr. old Devyn Hales, both SLO residents and major film buffs.
Saturday, March 14, 1:00pm – Downtown Cinemas, San Luis Obispo
Tickets available an hour before the screening and are free to all students,
$5 for everyone else. All festival passes welcome.
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(Films are listed in screening order.)
RUNAWAY (7 min)
Julia Mercado, 14, Ivan Arellano, 13
Crystal Martinez, 14,
Daniel Dubnow, 12
Santa Lucia Middle School
5IVE (6 min)
Jackson Bruce, 13, Santa Lucia Middle School, Cambria, CA
Darien Jewel, 15, Santa Lucia Middle School, Cambria, CA
Madalyn Rhynes, 13, Orange County, CA
MALEVOLENT (8 min)
Carlos Plummer, 13, California Virtual Academies, Cambria, CA
MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS (3 min.)
Nick Broza, Josh Downtain, Zachary Froning
Nathaniel Haight, Matthew Miller, Brayden Robrege – All are aged 12
Salem Middle School, Apex, NC
CONNIE (2 min)
Abbey Sacks, 18, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
CUPS AND RINGS (3 min)
Sam Dodd, 17, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD
ATOMIC SOLDIER (5 min)
Kyle Plummer, 18
California Virtual Academies, Cambria, CA
CONSCRIPTION (3 min)
Nick Ramey, 18, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA
MAGIC MARKER (10 min)
Jack McCaffrey, 17, Flint Hill School, McLean, VA
BENEATH (4 min)
Adam Robinson, 18, Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, CA
YOUR FACE (5 min)
Ken Asada, 17, Staples High School, Westport, CT
THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER (3 min)
Michelle Marquez, 15, Math & Science High School at Clover Hill, Midlothian, VA
THE GREAT MAGICIAN (7 min)
Pietro Lago, 17, Colegio Arbos, Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sammy Keyes Uncovered & FLIPPED with author Wendelin Van Draanen
Sponsored by BGA and The Movie Experience
Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the long-running Edgar-winning SAMMY KEYES series, and wrote FLIPPED which became a Warner Brothers feature film in 2010 with
Rob Reiner directing. The film was honored with Heartland Film’s “Truly Moving Picture Award” for its “transformative powers.”
Her other stand-alone titles include RUNAWAY, CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KISSER, SWEAR TO HOWDY, and most recently THE RUNNING DREAM which has become required reading in many schools around the country and was awarded ALA’s prestigious Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience. Van Draanen has also created the Gecko & Sticky books, and the Shredderman books which received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit” and became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie. A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen is a longtime Central Coast resident.
SAMMY KEYES UNCOVERED, a short documentary produced by the Puyallup Public Library and directed by children’s literature expert Dr. Tim Wadham, will give a little background about Van Draanen and her book series that is set in familiar locations around Santa Maria. Following that, she will introduce a screening of her coming-of-age hit movie, FLIPPED, and share the behind-the-scenes story of having her book adapted into a Hollywood movie by celebrity director/writer/actor, Rob Reiner. FLIPPED tells the story of two eighth-graders who, after years of friendship, start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. Comedy/Drama/Romance. 90 min. PG MOVIE FEATURETTE.
Saturday, March 14, 10:00am – Mission Cinemas, SLO
$12 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – All Passes accepted.
Interactive Video Demonstrations
Sponsored by YMCA Youth Institute
Saturday, March 14 – 11-12:30pm
Downtown Cinemas – FREE
Lights, camera, ACTION! Jump into a green screen scene and create movie magic with the youth filmmakers from the YMCA’s Youth Institute. They will have equipment set up in the lobby of the Downtown Cinemas for an hour before the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase. Come early and take part in the fun…and learn how to create a scene with a green screen!
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA with Aaron Metchik
Sponsored by Actor’s Edge
Film acting basics class for kids! This intro to film acting class is taught by Aaron Metchik, who has coached numerous young actors in professional film, television and commercial roles. Aaron makes acting fun for kids, while teaching them to basics that any young actor with an interest in film should know. A class for adults is scheduled for 1:00-2:30pm also.
Saturday, March 14, 10:00-11:30am, La Perla Del Mar, Pismo Beach
$10/person – All Festival Passes welcome