June 04, 2010

‘Girls Make Movies’ camp set for July 25-30

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- High school girls have the opportunity to explore filmmaking this summer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“Girls Make Movies” is a weeklong residential camp set for July 25-30, and is for girls entering ninth through 12th grade.

The camp will focus on enabling participants to tell stories through moving images. In addition, workshops and film screenings will give participants insight into various film formats, including documentary, experimental, feature, and short films. Films from the Department of Cinema and Photography’s annual signature event, the Big Muddy Film Festival, along with student films, will air.

The camp features instruction from I2 female film, video, and new-media faculty members within the University’s College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. Video equipment will be available at the camp, and participants will screen their work for parents and families the last day of camp.

The camp limit is 15 participants. Registration cost is $50. The Illinois Broadcasters Association Foundation is assisting with funding for the camp.

“Our ‘Girls Make Movies’ camp debuts this summer with widespread faculty support,” said Gary P. Kolb, dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. “Several of our cinema and video faculty will be participating in planning and delivering the class. It is an excellent opportunity to diversify media production, build a useful skill set for the students, and expose students to what our programs in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts have to offer. We are very grateful to the Illinois Broadcasters Association Foundation for their continued support of our summer camps in the College. They make all of this possible!"

The program’s genesis is from a faculty initiative for a camp that highlights opportunities available for girls in the film and video industries, said Claire Mitchell, assistant dean in MCMA.

“They really want to give the student an unusual and important opportunity here,” she said. “This is something that a lot of girls never get an opportunity to experience. I appreciate that they want to give that to these girls.”

Susan Felleman, an associate professor in cinema and photography, said there is a gender gap in many of the nation’s film and video programs in addition to many aspects of the film industry.

“This camp will concentrate on the fact that girls can do it too,” said Felleman, who is organizing the evening film series.

More information on the camp is available by contacting Mitchell at 618/453-4308 or by email at cmitch@siu.edu. For registration or more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at https://www.dce.siu.edu/index.php/Academic-Camps/Girls-Make-Movies-Camp.