Friday, July 06, 2007

Booker T. Washington students release DVD

Juniors and seniors from Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport now have a DVD to call their own.

The school's telecommunications magnet program, which is run by Katrina Gilliam, partnered with the Robinson Film Center on a semester-long filmmaking program.

Students made three short films -- one drama and two documentaries -- which are now being released freely on DVD. How nice is that?

RFC's Chris Jay worked with the students for the spring semester, and he said their projects were very impressive. Jay is especially pleased with "All Things Come to Light," a drama about teen pregnancy.

"A lot of student work suffers on the writing side and this just flat out doesn’t," Jay said. "This is the best student film I’ve ever seen as far as K-12."

The program and DVDs were made possible by funding from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Charles T. Beaird Foundation.

If you want to get a free copy of the DVD -- 1,000 are available -- just call RFC at (318) 424-9090.

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