The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NCTV's 7 Day Film Sprint Kicks Off!

7 Day Film Sprint Kicks Off!

The annual 7 Day Film Sprint kicks off once again Monday April 17th at 7pm at Northampton Community Television Studios at 380 Elm St. in Northampton, MA. The studios are located in the same building as the Northampton High School, with an entrance around the far back of the building accessed by hugging the structure all the way around.

The Sprint calls upon teams of filmmakers, from aspiring to professional, to tap into their creativity and produce an entire short film of up to five minutes in length, from start to finish, in the span of just 7 days. Each team will be assigned a prompt or series of prompts for their film - including a genre such as heist film or silent film or coming of age film. In past years prompts have also included a line of dialogue and a prop that must appear within the body of the film.

New works in all these genres will emerge over the course of the next week out of self-organized community groups. Some teams are as few as one person, but a typical team is 3-5 people. They are composed of students, of neighbors, of friends looking for a creative adventure. Teams have names like Sad Penguin Productions, Chaos Jello Visions, State Street Symposium, and Valleywood.

“People want to be creative. We believe that. They want to tell stories. They want to have fun. and that is a healthy form of play that we don’t engage in enough in our culture. We want to invite the community to spend some time doing that.”, said Al Williams, Executive Director of NCTV.

This is the third 7 Day Film Sprint, and this year the project includes partners Greenfield Community Television, Easthampton Media, and Amherst Media, who will all be recruiting teams to the Sprint. These organizations all make professional equipment available to the general community, provide instruction and training in multimedia production, and act as public spaces for expression.

Teams will hand in films on a one week deadline and a public screening will be held for them at The Parlor Room in Northampton at 7pm onTuesday, April 25th.

For More information, contact Al Williams at 413-587-3550

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