You guys, you guys, you guys, you guys! We won an award!!! Last night was the Dark Christmas Film Festival through Filmulate, and our short film entry won an award for Best Graphic Effects! This was our first public screening of any of our work, outside of showing our films at Gallery Strolls, and we could not be more thrilled about the result! A big, huge, enormous thanks is owed to our wonderful Program Assistant, Natasha, for all the tireless work she put into getting our entry ready on time, and for being the brainchild behind several of our wonderful short films.
Our short, entitled "Holiday cheer: A Sardonic Short Christmas Film," explores the theme of loneliness at Christmas. We had some superb acting by some of our individuals, and some wonderful stop motion animation that our film making class made the drawings and collage pieces for (which we won the award for!). Our short focused on the disparity between Christmas being viewed as such a happy, celebratory time of year, and the percentage of the population who feel alone, left out, and forgotten at Christmas time. A bit sad, but we received some great comments from the audience about tackling a topic that most people shy away from. We feel so blessed to have been able to share our talent and message to the community, and are simply thrilled to be acknowledged for the hard work that was put into it. Oh, and our award is a snowglobe with a skull floating inside it- how awesome is that? Go Dark Christmas :) YAY!
City Center for the Arts will have a short film screened for the Dark Christmas Film Festival. Dark Christmas is one of four annual festivals put together by Filmulate, an organization that screens the work of local independent films. (For more info, visit www.filmulate.com)
Film makers may choose from a list of sub-genres to produce. I (Natasha, the program assistant) decided to make a film for the category, "Lonely this Christmas." The project explores the idea of isolation and loneliness via the emphasis on "togetherness" at Christmastime. TCCA's entry, titled "Holiday Cheer: A Sardonic Short Christmas Film", includes candid client footage, self-reflective voice overs, client artwork, and stop-go animation.
This project is one of many to arise from TURN's reception of the City Arts Project Grant, which helps to support our film making ventures as a means of community outreach. We are very grateful to the Salt Lake City Arts Council as they support us in our creative ventures!
The proceeds from this event are going to support the Red Fred Project, which publishes books written by children with terminal illnesses. (For more info, visit redfredproject.com) Come see some great locally made films and support some terrific causes!
Guess what we did today? Went to see The Nutcracker ballet!!! Sadly, we weren't able to take everyone, but we had a good sized group that went. It was such an experience to see a professional ballet company, and everyone had a great time! As an extra treat, one of our volunteers, Emily, was playing the part of the Snow Queen in today's performance, so we got to see her in action.
We feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to the performance today, and we had a blast! You should all go see The Nutcracker at Ballet West too- it opens December 10th and runs through the 27th.
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