Local officials and members of the Yerwood Center got a glimpse of student-made-film production at the Avon Theatre on Saturday.
Middle school students from the Yerwood Center's Junior Leaders premiered their film documentary entitled When We Were Young: Childhood Summers. The film explores the evolution of childhood summers among Stamford icons and mayoral candidates William Callion, Michael Fedele, David Martin, Jerry Pia and William Tong.
"What's exciting for the Avon is, a lot of these kids have never been inside a beautiful movie theatre," said AvonTheatre Director of Development Louisa Greene. "For them to see their movie come alive on the big screen, which is twenty-four by sixteen feet, rather than on a little TV or even a 60 inch TV is really exciting."
Students from the program began the film July 2 with the help of Sono Entertainment's LIFT (Learning Is Fun Too) program and technical advice from the Avon Theatre.
"They really picked up on when it was time to get the work when they had to work and there was a time to play and a time to work," said Deyo Ello from SoNo Entertainment. "Those that were doing interviews, they also had a ball and everyone gave it their all."
"I was afraid to interview at first, but then I got used to it and I just went for it."
"This was my first year at the Yerwood Center and I had a lot of fun and this was my first time doing the movie."
"I learned that no matter where you come from you still have a chance to do something and I experienced confidence in talking to new people," said Xzy-Naye Campbell.
With additional financial support from Purdue Pharma Corporation, G.E., Cognizant Technology and UBS, students were able to hold professional cameras and learn interviewing and editing techniques.
"We have all types of technology available to us and these kids know technology, so let's utilize what they like to do and have them use their language skills to come up with questions and use their creativity with music."
Members of the Yerwood center tell us the film will be entered into the Big Apple Film Festival.