By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Film Commission is giving student filmmakers the chance to be like the pros.
The film commission’s Indie Film Series kicks off at the Link Centre on Sept. 25 with Christopher Rufo’s “Age of Champions,” a documentary about senior Olympians. The film commission is hosting a student filmmaking competition for area students to make a short documentary about local active seniors, and the winner’s documentary will screen ahead of Rufo’s at the Link Centre.
“This is a cool opportunity for students to work on a project, or even a senior project,” said Film Commissioner Pat Rasberry.
Rasberry has teamed with Tupelo Parks and Recreation and set aside times for students to film seniors who are playing water volleyball, tennis and golf in Tupelo. Locations and schedules will be provided and can be worked around school schedules.
The competition is open to junior high and high school students, and they can register now through Aug. 20. Applications are available at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The first place prize, in addition to having their documentary screened with Rufo’s, will be a Kindle Fire. Second place prize is $150, and third place prize is a Barnes & Noble gift card.
“Age of Champions” kicks off the Indie Film Series, which the Tupelo Film Commission presents in conjunction with the Southern Circuit Film Series. The films will be screened every fourth Tuesday, except in November, at the Link Centre.
The 2012-2013 Indie Film Series includes “Age of Champions” on Sept. 25; Michael Zimmer’s “The Entertainers” on Oct. 23; Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Drivers Wanted” on Nov. 13; Nancy Kelly’s “Trust: Second Acts and Young Lives” on Feb. 26; D.G. Brock’s “MisAdventures of the Dunderheads” on March 26 and Beth Kruvant’s “Heart of Stone” on April 23.
Rasberry hopes to have other events in addition to each film screening.
Student Film Competition
Registration: Now through Aug. 20
Filming: Aug. 14-Sept. 2
Deadline for submission: Sept. 10
Winners announced: Sept. 18
For information: (662) 841-6521