The aim of the evening is to raise $5,000 for each of three Mountainfilm initiatives:
The Mountainfilm Commitment Granting Program – Aimed at helping individuals involved in creative media projects connected to Mountainfilm themes. In this inaugural year of the program, Mountainfilm is targeting five grants of $5,000, each, to individuals who are producing film, video, photography, book, art, and multimedia projects that are intended to move audiences to action on issues that matter. In addition to the cash awards, Mountainfilm will work with the grantees to broaden the audience and deepen the impact of each project by partnering with media personalities and industry professionals with whom it has a close relationship.
Making Movies that Matter – A hands-on, film-editing program tied to core curricula that unleashes students’ creativity and catalyzes critical thinking. The process starts when students watch a content-rich, issue-based film from Mountainfilm’s festival archives. Students then use digital images from the film to create their own short videos into which they incorporate music, graphics and special effects. A multidisciplinary approach to learning using a “cool” medium, the educational initiative has been enthusiastically received by middle and high school students and teachers across the country
Tickets for the event are $50 and are available online at www.mountainfilm.org or at the Opera House door.
“It will be a fun evening,” said Mountainfilm executive director Peter Kenworthy. “A good chance to catch a couple of great films, help us celebrate the success of our 2010 festival and contribute to what we think are three extremely worthwhile causes.”