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.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Crowdsourced Cinema 2018: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

WHAT: Crowdsourced Cinema 2018: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
WHEN: Scene selection begins Wednesday June 6th at 7pm

Crowdsourced Cinema is here again! This is the 4th year for Northampton Community Television’s epic public art project in which teams of filmmakers, numbering participants in the hundreds, spend the summer collectively remaking a classic film. This year’s film is the day-off-from-school classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

This time, teams can select the specific scene they wish to create! In previous years scenes were randomly assigned scenes, but this year’s Crowdsourced will feature the new twist of self-selection.

The scene selection tool will go live Wednesday June 6th at 7pm at !

Each team is responsible for remaking a 1-3 minute scene (typically) in their own style as a unique creation, utilizing live actors or animation, puppets or voice over, reinterpreting the scene in an entirely new way or staying as faithful as possible to the original. The scenes are then stitched together to create a community tapestry, a complete remake of the original film.

Teams include neighbors, families, summer youth programs, professional filmmakers, co-workers, and friends. The project is a celebration of the spirit of community and creativity. In the words of NCTV Executive Director Al Williams, “Despite countless outlets online for expression, despite opportunity and aspiration, people often do not give themselves permission to be creative. Creativity is a reserved cultural class, particularly for adults. This is a project about people allowing themselves to play, to express, to discover. Together.”

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