CHS video showing benefits Cinema Camp scholarships

Video production students at Carson High School are hoping to raise enough money at Friday's showing of Project Ignition at the Carson City Community Center to send five students to Cinema Camp.

About $2,500 needs to be raised for the students to attend a weeklong camp at the University of California, Los Angeles this summer.

"They'll be working on an actual movie set," said Carson High School video production teacher Brian Reedy. "The kids that are showing promise and really working hard will be flown back in August to continue work on the project."

The event at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St. begins at 7 p.m. Entrance is $5, but larger donations are accepted.

"I'd like to make more than that because we need to replace some broken equipment, but I think we'll be struggling to get that much," Reedy said. "I'm hoping what will happen is some adults will sponsor the kids for the Cinema Camp."

The event will start with a showing of this year's "Every Second Counts" video project and public service announcements related to it.

Afterward, students working on next year's project, called "Building Awareness ... Taking Action," will give a brief explanation of the four-part project, which includes a Driver Safety Fair, an all-ages poster contest, documentaries on real-life tragedies and a remembrance wall.

"The main thing we learned from last year is, our project was very passive and the kids just sat and watched," Reedy said. "This year, we're taking a highly interactive approach. Three of the four (projects) are very interactive."

Tyler Bournes, a sophomore, is project leader on next year's video.

"I think it's great that we get to show (this year's) film to a bigger audience than the school," he said.

The public service announcement he produced for this year's Project Ignition will be shown Friday night. It focuses on staying sober while driving.

"It's a re-enactment of teenagers who are partying, then go out driving and end up killing another young student," he said.

After returning from the Project Ignition finals in Long Beach, Calif., the CHS class submitted an application for a Project Ignition 2005-06 grant.

"They had two weeks to write their grant, and one of those weeks was during spring break," Reedy said.

The proposal received the highest score among all the grant applications, and Carson High will receive $2,000 to get its new project under way.

Twenty-six short films from CHS students who were finalists at the Reno Film Festival will also be shown.

The films cover a variety of topics, including date rape, suicide and drug use.

As the end, student projects produced throughout the year will be aired. Reedy expects the evening will take little more than 90 minutes.

"And, of course, we're going to show the goofy stuff the beginning students did, including the music videos and the comedy videos," Reedy said.

n Contact reporter Maggie O'Neill at or 881-1219.

Project Ignition Showing

What: Project Ignition Showing

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Cost: $5, which will benefit video production students headed to a week-long cinema camp at UCLA

Top finalists in the Reno Film Festival include:

• Danielle Neitzke for "Dropping Out," a photo essay

• David Barragan for "Teen Drama," an original trailer

• Alex Peckham for "Squirrel Away," a fake commercial

• Jake Newman for "Sea' Es Eye," a live-action short film


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