Start practicing your pose to step onto the red carpet at Aurora’s fourth annual Boot Camp World Premiere. Young filmmakers' visions come to life on screen at our closing screening of films made by the students enrolled in Aurora’s summer filmmaking boot camps (three sessions ages 9-12 and one session ages 13-17). Friends, fans and parents are invited to see the work of these future auteurs.
Each summer, Aurora hosts filmmaking boot camps where youth can learn about, create, and discuss film and video at Aurora Picture Show. As part of our Popcorn Kids programming, Aurora Boot Camps teach hands-on narrative and experimental techniques using digital video from professional filmmakers. Campers use the Aurora Media Arts Center to produce, shoot, and edit their films. Working collaboratively on digital video projects, students are not only exposed to filmmaking techniques but also explore less traditional film and video. Three kids sessions (ages 9-12) were held July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30- August 3; and one teen session (ages 13-17) hosted from July 9-13.
In addition to Aurora's Media Arts Educator, Camilo Gonzalez, students were also visited by local filmmakers to learn different techniques from light painting to stop-motion animation. Contributing filmmakers to the Summer Boot Camps include Matt Crawford, Jenny Lim, Kelly Quarles, Che Rickman, Kelly Sears, Tish Stringer, Lindsey Thompson, and Vipul Divecha.
Popcorn Kids programming is made possible with support from Whole Foods Market Houston and IKEA Houston. Special thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for their support of the Summer Boot Camps. Additional thanks to Filmmaker Goodie Bag sponsors Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Hosuton, Shipley Donuts and Crave Cupcakes.
ABOUT POPCORN KIDS
In 2001, Aurora established Popcorn Kids, a media literacy program for young people, which helps children achieve a greater understanding of the media arts, and establish a familiarity with digital tools, while providing opportunities for enjoyable artistic expression. Initially established as a series of screenings for children and youth, the program has grown to include media literacy and filmmaking outreach lectures, workshops, school residencies, and summer camps called the Aurora Boot Camp. Recently, Aurora Mobile Media Literacy Workshops were also added to provide media literacy and filmmaking outreach to area community centers, hospitals and schools in partnership with organizations that currently include WITS (Writers in the Schools), Young Audiences of Houston, and the Arts in Medicine program at Texas Children's Hospital. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for youth that live within communities where there is little access to the visual, digital, and media arts.