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5:14 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

College film festival benefits theater restoration

The age of digital filmmaking is meeting the art of live performance with an event scheduled at the historic Prescott Elks Theater Saturday.

A film festival, with the students of the Yavapai College Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking as hosts, will showcase movies produced during the spring 2001 semester.

This is a parallel event to the film fest that took place at the college's Sedona Center for Arts Technology in mid-May, said Stephan Schultze, director of the film institute.

All proceeds will benefit restoration of the historic theater.

"This is not only a great way to get exposure for the program, and student films, but to also support a very worthwhile cause," he said. "It is essential that we preserve our history, and recognize the importance of all forms of art and creative expression."

Doors for the Prescott film festival open at 5 p.m., with a continuous showing of student-produced short films from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Residents who wish to act in upcoming student films can attend an open casting call at the theater from 3 to 5 p.m. Movies are filmed each Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters.

Cost for the film festival is $5 per person. Students, children and senior citizens will be admitted free of charge.

Students of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking, housed at the Sedona Center, use the most technologically advanced equipment available, while learning to produce all-digital independent films.

The one-year intensive program, with second year optional, combines classroom learning in areas such as scriptwriting and editing, with hands-on instruction in filming with digital video equipment.

For more information on the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking, call the Sedona Center for Arts & Technology at 1-888-204-4406.