2017 Inspire Film Maker’s Academy for Lowcountry students!

Linda Dennis

A Backpack Journalist/Team Back­pack Journalists announcing today:

2017 Inspire Film Maker’s Academy for Lowcountry students.


[email protected] Low Country Filmmakers Academy, for year two, is to be held at Burke High School in the Charleston, SC. Participation is open to any Charleston area student, rising  4th to 8th grade, and an intern program  planned for high school students.

Burke High School location: June 19-23, 2017

Allegro Music Charter School-assisting with music

“In 2017, we are repeating and expanding our offerings! Last year, [email protected] the Lowcountry, served nearly 70 students in grades 4th through 8th and produced seven short films in one long but rewarding week of storyboarding, pre-production, interviewing, shooting, and editing.   We again bring in engaging professional photographers, script writers, film makers, teachers and artists to provide learning opportunities for Lowcountry youth from 4th to 8th grade.  This year we are offering for high school students, an intern training. We have expanded our research teams. ” Linda Dennis, Creative Director.

Inspire Film Maker’s Academy – 2017 ” this year expands to include from Ken Burns’ Florentine Films, Sarah Burns and David McMahon as instructors (www.florentinefilms.com)

From the Hollywood scene, Los Angeles’ based, Diane Louie joins us, leading our overall creative and film editing! www.dianelouie.com

Gracie and Lacy, national stage performers will spend a day with us as they share their on stage live performance, then students go behind the scenes, for costuming and make-up techniques. (www.gracieandlacy.com)

As of today film projects range from a biographical documentary to lighthearted inspirational topics:  “The life of Esau Jenkins”, “I scream for Ice Cream”, “A kid’s guide to Charleston“, “ If these streets could talk:  Damon Fordham”, and the continued collection of oral histories of Veterans.  Students, working in Film Studio groups named after the streets of Charleston, also are tasked with creating their own topics.  Each week closes with all films screened and presented to the community and parents.

Space is limited and requires advance registration, and parental permission.  Each student is asked to also self-assess their present technology and film making skills. Full Scholarships are available.

Team Backpack Journalist    “Building resilience through creative expression”

We provide services and event support to provide creative writing and real world journalism experiences for students of all ages. Currently serving youth in grades 4th to 8th, our mission is to provide scholastic journalism curriculum in workshops, for after school programs and then in publications and short video venues, written by our students.   Our curriculum includes all forms of writing, poetry, photography, film making and digital and social media created by participants.   Partners include the City of Charleston, Hendrick Automotive, SC Ports Authority, Burke High School, Apple, Inc., CANON USA and Nikon.

For registration information:  [email protected],      843 284 8026 – phone

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