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Canvas to host film fest Friday, complete with red carpet

Posted: July 20, 2011 - 7:06pm
Carl Behnert and Sara Franzoni discuss a scene in preparation for filming.   Photo by Mary Vanderjack
Photo by Mary Vanderjack
Carl Behnert and Sara Franzoni discuss a scene in preparation for filming.

The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host their second Film Festival this Friday, in what is designed to be a red-carpet event. Attendees are encouraged to dress their best.

The film festival, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, celebrates the creative work of the Canvas’ film class, part of the REACH day habilitation program for artists who experience developmental disabilities. The event will feature six artists, all of whom will present music videos. The artists individually chose the themes, stories, concepts and music for each of their films.

“I appreciate how the films are just as diverse as the people in the class,” said organizer Christy NaMee Eriksen. “I don’t want to give away what all the films are about, but I will say that there’s some animation, there’s some rapping about safety, there’s a Disney remix, and -like any good film festival- a bit of love, death, and drama.”

The event will include a red carpet, provided by Manuel and Dana Hernandez of CHOCO Boutique, and an opportunity for photos with the stars. An opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m.

Eriksen said she especially appreciates the input of two community members who volunteered their time to assist some artists in making and editing their films - Ian Roeber and Rico Worl.

For more information on this event, visit www.canvasarts.org. A donation of $5 is suggested.

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