Project YouthView is hosting its fifth annual Film Screening and Awards Night this Thursday, May 7 at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Avenue. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $100 for special pairs of VIP seats that include catered appies and drinks. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The screening includes film shorts made by students enrolled in the East Bay Regional Occupation Program. The ROP includes a cool new West End Media Center program that offers courses in television media, animation and video game design (the center’s director, Casey Fenton, and ROP director Donna Wyatt gave a presentation to the school board about the program a few weeks ago).
The audience will be able to select a favorite from the selections shown (they were picked from 55 entries from Bay Area youths), and the winner gets $500. The finalists, who win subscriptions to Netflix and a tour of a Bay Area movie studio, will be on hand to talk about their films. (I think one of the finalists is a group from Alameda High.)
The event also includes a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Trouble the Water,” which was executive produced by Danny Glover and made with raw footage taken by a young couple living in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina.
The evening wraps up with coffee and dessert.
The event is co-presented by Alternatives in Action, East Bay ROP, Comcast and Radical Media Group. Proceeds will benefit Alternatives in Action.
And if you miss it, the event will be filmed by Comcast and later aired on Comcast’s local video on demand and on the Comcast Hometown Network.