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After Camp Citizen Jane, young talents continue making films

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 9:16 p.m. CDT
Participants of Camp Citizen Jane gathered with their parents and instructors Thursday at Stephens College for a final screening of the films they made during the camp.

COLUMBIA — This year's Camp Citizen Jane ended Thursday, but for some participants and instructors, the filmmaking will go on.

Kylie Williams, 13, is an aspiring singer and actress who went to Camp Citizen Jane to learn what goes on behind the scenes. She used that knowledge to tell a story about herself.

Kylie made a three-minute documentary about her struggle with anorexia, "When You Take It Too Far," with two teammates during the camp's first session.

"I want to use my story to inspire people and to show that they could do anything if they put their mind to it," she said.

Kylie's mom, Jill Williams, is proud of her daughter's work.

"She is an amazing artist," Williams said.

Williams recalled that Kylie thanked her after the camp.

"It is huge for me," Williams said with a laugh.

Kylie said the most valuable thing she learned at Camp Citizen Jane is how to work with other people. When she decided she wanted to make a film about how she went through anorexia, it took a team effort to figure out the best way to tell her story. The film took about three hours to shoot and five hours to edit.

LeeAnne Lowry, one of four student instructors from Stephens College who taught at the camp, plans on working with Kylie over the next week to get Kylie's film ready to submit to the Citizen Jane Film Festival, which runs from Nov. 7 to 9.

Lowry said her job in the camp is to point campers "in the direction they need to go, and they go for it."

In turn, Kylie and another girl from camp, Gabby Guerra, will help Lowry with her senior project, "Once Crazy,"in August. Kylie is the slate girl — the person who clicks the clapperboard to signal the start of a scene — and Gabby is the best boy, or lighting assistant, for the project. Another three instructors will also help on the film.

The final screening Thursday at the Helis Communication Center at Stephens College featured four "Please silence your cell phones" public service announcements made by the 18 young women who attended the camp. The announcements will be played before films at the Citizen Jane Film Festival.

Three other short films made by campers were also screened. They will be submitted to the Gimme Truth competition at True/False Film Fest in March.

All participants in the camp will receive free passes to the Citizen Jane Film Festival and a free annual membership to Columbia Access Television, which will allow them access to filming equipment they can use to further hone the skills they learned in camp.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.


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