Filmmakers and animators club formed at arts center

Aspiring moviemakers won't have to go far to hone their craft. A new filmmakers and animators club, the Northern Nevada Film Factory, has been formed at the Brewery Arts Center.

To train potential members of the club, four television production and video courses will be offered there this fall.

"Creating a film club has been my aspiration since I moved here in 2008," said Donna Walden, who has been hired by BAC to run the club and expand animation and filmmaking programs. "There is no better venue in the region than Brewery Arts Center to deliver this art form to the community."

Walden is an independent film producer who co-founded a nonprofit called the Fallbrook Film Factory in 2006 to bring filmmaking to enthusiasts around San Diego.

Last July, she organized a youth filmmaking workshop at the Brewery where teens wrote, directed, acted, filmed and edited a 5-minute film in one week.

The program will work in conjunction with the Carson Access TV center, which opened in 2006 as a public service to the community and is run by Michael Furlong and Darla Bayer.

A donation of five computers from a Carson City family and a Lightwave computer license provided by Computer Corps for educational use made the animation function possible.

"We are excited about expanding our traditional art offerings to these new mediums," said Furlong, managing director of the cable access television show. "The club will give access of our studio to a broader audience."

The original idea for the club came from Luke Holden.

"The BAC heard that our son Luke was trying to put together an animators club here in Carson City, and we are delighted that the Brewery Arts Center will support Luke by not only facilitating the animators club, but by also offering curriculum for beginning and advanced animation," said his mother, Deb. "We found that students who share the same interests can learn a lot from each other while working on club projects together."

The annual dues are $75 for children and $150 for adults. Scholarships will be offered for disadvantaged youth and adults.

To find out how to join the club or for more information about the Brewery Arts Center, go to www.brewer

yarts.org or call 775-883-1976.

Sponsors and benefactors may call Donna Walden at 949-306-3465.

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