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Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards in March 2012

Student Filmmakers Hit the Video Bigtime

Several high schools in the Austin, Texas, suburb of Pflugerville (pronounced FLOO-ger-vil) are setting the pace in media education. Led by award-winning instructor Humberto A. Pérez, the Cinema du Cannes Project is empowering the school’s diverse student body to produce video films that are not only engaging and compelling but that frequently tell “underrepresented” stories of African Americans, Latinos, and others.  Continue reading... 

 

 

 
 
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By Blake Rasmussen
February 8, 2012

Pflugerville students entering film festival once again
Sebastian Gomez remembers exactly when he fell in love with movies. He was 8 and he had gotten sick. Stuck indoors, all he had to keep him entertained were movies and his parents’ video camera. From then on, he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

 

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High School Students to Screen Film at Cannes
A team of teens from John B. Connally High School in Texas could become the first group of American students to show their film at the Cannes Festival, after obtaining a guaranteed screening in February.  (Article continues here.)
 


 

 

 

 

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News from Cannes and Nearer Climes
The Austin film scene is getting a little promotional boost at the Cannes International Film Festival through Dana Glover and Michele Carter's Midian Films, which is hawking Jollenbach, the Round Rock-based company's first feature, at the Cannes marketplace and passing out info about our fair city for the Austin Film Office. The company has had its short films shown at Cannes every year since 2006. The Austin-shot Jollenbach is a shaky-cam tale of ghost hunters in the vein of The Blair Witch Project and features Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo in a cameo.
 

 

 

 

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  Production Values Learned Early at Connally High School
Video Technology classes teach practical skills, foster creativity Today, a person doesn’t even need all that smart of phone to record and share a video over text message, Facebook or maybe a YouTube or Vimeo upload. Mobile video’s pervasive reach and increased affordability has taken a lot of the mystery out of capturing life’s pivotal moments.

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