Arts series brings more films, filmmaking classes


HUNTINGBURG — Free films and filmmaking workshops will be available to the public, starting this weekend.

This is all part of the ongoing Rural Arts Series hosted in Huntingburg by Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement. The center is working with Destination Huntingburg to present various arts programs throughout the city.

“Filmmaking: From the Basics to Beyond,” is a series of workshops that will start Saturday and be held once a month through December. Each session will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Current Blend, 307 E. Fourth St.

“A really important aspect to the work that we are doing in partnership with the community is to increase arts activity and build capacity within the community for those type of creative activities,” said Kyla Cox Deckard, IU Center for Rural Engagement’s director of communications. “The workshops are an opportunity for residents to learn more about filmmaking in order to capture their own stories using that medium. This is going from enjoying and attending a film to helping people to create their own films.”

Each session will focus on a different topic. Those include: writing on Saturday; shooting on Saturday, Sept. 7; lighting on Saturday, Oct. 12; sound on Saturday, Nov. 9; and editing on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The sessions will be led by Cicada Cinema, one of the partnering organizations that works with IU Cinema. The workshop teachers will provide information on the topic, share their experiences and knowledge and answer questions from the audience. “The workshops will be very interactive,” Deckard said.

Residents can attend any or all of the sessions. Find more information about the sessions here.

The next film showings in the arts series have also been announced for various locations in the city. Three have been scheduled and three others are pending licensing approvals, Deckard said.

On Monday, the documentary “Mike Wallace is Here” will be shown at 7 p.m. at The Gaslight, 328 E. Fourth St. The 2019 film focuses on the iconic reporter’s career and includes never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault. The film explores what drove and plagued the late Wallace, who died in 2012 and whose decadeslong career was entwined with the evolution of journalism.

The trailer can be found here.

A biographical story of Eva Kor, “Eva: A-7063,” will be shown Monday, Sept. 9, at the Huntingburg VFW, 314 N. Geiger St. The film, narrated by Ed Asner, tells the story of this historic figure, who died last month. It tracks Kor from Auschwitz to Israel to the United States, and ultimately to her courageous return to the Nazi death camp. The film was produced in 2018.

The trailer can be found here.

On Monday, Nov. 11, the 2019 film “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” will be shown at Old Town Hall, 309 N. Geiger St. The film focuses on humanity’s reengineering of the planet. It follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the epoch, which is the current period of geologic time, changed in the mid-20th Century because of significant human impacts on Earth’s geology and ecosystems.

The trailer can be found here.

A collection of short films made by Indiana filmmakers will be screened prior to each film, at 6:30 p.m. The films have been made by Indiana filmmakers for the Instant Gratification Movie Challenge, which is hosted by IU and Cicada Cinema.

“We hope that these screenings will inspire Dubois County residents to enter the challenge for an opportunity to see their own films on the big screen,” Deckard said.

Information about the challenge can be found on the Instant Gratification Movie Challenge’s Facebook page.

Huntingburg is one of three communities involved in IU’s Center for Rural Engagement’s Rural Arts Series, which started last fall.

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