The kids took part in the local 48 Hour Film Slam competition held by the local cable network, CATV, and as I mentioned, it sort of fell into their laps because they did not at first intend to participate. One of their friends wanted to do it, so they decided, "Why not?" They figured that since their friend was the one who expressed interest, they would just help out and take it easy. That isn't how things work out as said friend was busy with other stuff so A&N had to take the helm. To their credit, they embraced the challenge and took it seriously.
They showcased their film at the local White River Indie Festival, or WRIF. What was really cool was that A also had a film entered into a another competition that was showcased at the festival, the Freedom and Unity Youth Filmmaker's Award. She entered her movie about the F-35 and it actually made it to the finals. We went to the judges showcase, which screened some of the selections, and it was a lot of fun to watch. Bear in mind, many of these films were made by teenagers, and they did a nice job of it.
Now I don't have a lot of experience going to this festival because I believe it is still in its nascent stages, but it's very cool to showcase local talent, especially when it comes to film. You don't really think of this area as a film hub, but truth be told, there are a lot of talented and creative people up here. Get to them while they're young and there's no telling what they'll accomplish. Naturally we attended some of the films because our kids were involved, and they were very enjoyable. Some of the films were mainstream, but most of them had a smaller and more personal "cottage" feel. They were all very well made and dealt with progressive topics like LGBT, deception, and isolation.
I didn't get to see as many of the films as I would have liked, but there's always next year. It was a fun experience and I look forward to it next year.
Until then, thanks for listening, and thanks to Dave B for the pic.