Young filmmakers

A 13-year-old Bay Area girl is organizing a kids’ film festival. The San Jose Mercury News reports:

The Windy Hill festival’s participants, with fourth-graders through high-schoolers welcome, are part of a growing number of young people who are using visuals to tell their stories.

With digital camcorders down in price and movie-making software up in sophistication, kids are making more documentaries, narrative stories and music videos, said Tom Gertsch, writer/producer of the Young Filmmakers Club video instruction series.

“In the ’90s, people would say, `I’m shooting videos,’ ” he said. “Now people are using the phrase, `I’m shooting digital.’ “

Once upon a time, I was associate editor of Super8Filmaker magazine. (I don’t know why the publisher decided to misspell “filmmaker,” but he did.)

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  1. We have one in Ann Arbor. My daughter will star as Barb, a moody preteen, in one of her friend’s productions.