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5th Annual Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival Fri., Nov. 10th

Celebrating its fifth year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features youth-produced films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – from the Hudson Valley and around the world.

This teen showcase encourages youth creativity, invigorates our local community through the arts, and showcases the incredible work done by the next generation of media-makers. Reel Expressions takes place on Friday, November 10th from 5 – 7:30 pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House located at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie.

The film festival will showcase finalists who are selected by a panel of professional judges. The festival is created for teens and adults; families are welcome; however, some themes are quite mature for younger audiences.

Doors open at 5 pm and the film showcase begins at 5:30 pm. This year’s event includes an interactive opening reception before the start of the showcase with a local youth DJ, along with a Q&A panel with the young filmmakers after the showcase. Sparky Awards will be presented for first place, along with first and second runner up honors.

Spark Media Project + Mill Street Loft are proud to announce the finalists:

  • After Freddie Gay: What Now?, Wide Angle Youth Media
  • Daddy Why?, Williemae Fiddemon
  • Hygge, Rachel Mcgill
  • Atlas World, Morgana McKenzie
  • Tailor, Suma Filmes
  • iRony, Radheya Jegatheva
  • Any Given Day, Azure Allen
  • Heid, Tessa Hill
  • Cycle, Caleb Wild
  • Damsels in Distress, Raine Bracken
  • The Portrait of Fear, Akvile Gelazuite
  • Santa Woman, Spark Media Project Youth

WATCH Reel Expressions 2017 Teen Film Festival Trailer

In its fifth year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features youth-produced films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – from the Hudson Valley and around the world! This teen showcase encourages youth creativity, invigorates our local community through the arts, and showcases the incredible work done by the next generation of media-makers.

This year’s event includes an Interactive Opening Reception before the start of the showcase, along with a Q&A panel with the young filmmakers after the showcase. The films shown are most suitable for ages 13 and older, as many contain topics and themes not suitable for a younger audience. If you are under 21 years of age, register for FREE tickets here!

Doors open at 5:00 pm and the Film Showcase begins at 5:30 pm. Films run about 80 min., but stick around for the awards ceremony, artist Q&As, and prize giveaways! Youth under 21 are free with pre-registration; tickets are $12, and $8 for seniors/students. For more information visit http://millstreetloft.org/reel-expressions/.

Watch the Reel Expressions 2016 Trailer

Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project are committed to being a catalyst for youth empowerment and community engagement through the arts and media across the Hudson Valley. A multi-arts educational center, it works with students of all ages to change lives through the arts.

The deadline for signing up for free tickets is November 6th; for info call 845-471-7477. *Youth under 21 receive free admission, but must pre-register. If you're over 21 years of age, Purchase Tickets here!  If you are under 21 years of age, register for FREE tickets here!

Watch the Reel Expressions 2015 Trailer

GOLD SPONSORS are the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and Poughkeepsie Journal Media.

SILVER SPONSORS are Adams Fairacre Farms, McCabe & Mack, LLP, and MidHudson Regional Hospital.

BRONZE SPONSORS are Acupuncture, Detlef F. Wolf, Lac, The Bonura Hospitality Group, Dutchess Community College, IBM, Levine & Levine, Luminary Media, Marist College, Mike Arteaga's Health and Fitness Centers, Rhinebeck Bank,  Turk Hospitality Group and Vassar College.

COPPER SPONSORS are Central Hudson Gas & Electric, GKG CPAs , Health Quest, Hudson Valley News Network, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center,  Rose & Kiernan, Inc., TEG Federal Credit Union,  Ulster Savings Bank and Dr. Mary Louise Van Winkle,
 

Merging arts and social services, Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project reach out to a diverse community, bridging cultural and economic differences. An extensive range of programs, including Outreach Programs, the award-winning Dutchess Arts Camps and Art Institute, exhibitions, workshops, and performances, foster self-expression and rebuild a shared sense of community. Mill Street Loft enhances human experiences through the arts, offering inspiration and opportunity to an ever-expanding audience.

This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism Inc and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson, in addition to the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

 

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