Festival to start young filmmaker’s camp

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will host Skyline Indie Film Festival’s new weeklong young filmmaker’s camp for kids aged 10 to 18 this summer.

Brian Patrick, festival director and camp organizer, said he hopes this debut will be the start of a yearly tradition for Skyline.

He said the camp, held July 11-15,  will resemble the 48-hour film festival model, where participating groups create a concept, shoot and edit a short film over the course of two days.

“This isn’t going to be that intense, we certainly want to make it fun,” he said.

Over the years, Patrick said he’s been in contact about an educational program with several filmmakers who’ve participated in the Skyline Indie Film Festival, which will hit its fourth year in September. With a wealth of experience to share, he said three filmmakers will serve as mentors and make their equipment available to the camp.

“They’ve all had films in the festival…two of them are award winners,” he said. “They sort of run the gambit – being an indie filmmaker, you kind of have to do it all anyway.”

Micah Troublefield has directed and written as part of the collaborative film group Strawhouse Pictures, based in South Carolina, and will be one of the mentors. He said it’ll be his first time teaching kids instead of training adults, but he thought Patrick’s camp would be an exciting opportunity for the kids and a new challenge for him.

“It just sounded interesting, that you get a whole bunch of filmmakers together and kind of help kids make a movie,” he said.

Troublefield said a class he took in high school sparked his lasting love for film – something that he said he hopes to kindle in youth participating in the camp.

“I think having kids get exposed to different arts is very important, especially at a young age,” he said. “I do think it’s easier to learn, it’s easier to hopefully get passionate when you’re a bunch of people working together on something.”

Rob Montague is a co-founder of Late Morning Films, which submitted its music documentary “Long Way to the Top” to last year’s festival. Montague said he’ll be in the middle of work on another music documentary when the camp starts, so he’ll already be in a creative mindset for his stint as a mentor.

Montague said his repertoire with Late Morning Films includes a wide spectrum of different projects.

“Music videos, short films and commercials…I’ve kind of lived in all of those worlds since I started doing this,” he said.

Having come from the world of music, he said he’s a more unconventional filmmaker who simply picked up a camera and learned all he could about the art form.

“I think that I can bring a unique perspective from the outside, of someone who didn’t go through the traditional system,” he said.

Patrick said the Discovery Museum provides the perfect summer camp model for kids to explore film, and the Old Town Winchester area will serve as an ideal creative setting for their projects. By the end of the camp, he said each participant will have a finished film to show off and call their own.

“The idea is you can be creative and do something in a technical way, I think both are excellent skills that children need to develop,” he said. “To build a creative and technical industry here, just the opportunity to be exposed to it…we want Winchester to be a place that retains talent as well as recruits talent.”


• When: The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 11-15.

• Where: Discovery Museum in Winchester.

• Registration: $350 per participant. It will be limited to 25 participants.

• Information: http://tinyurl.com/gqrjsk5.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com