One of favorite things about our community is the local theater/film scene. It is quite special. The kids look forward to Pens to Lens time every year. Parker has written scripts for three years, the boys have acted in the films for three years, and now Josie joined in for the acting this year. We were involved in more films this year than ever and the kids were in heaven. It is a lot of work, but truly their favorite thing to do.
|Dema, Parker, and Josie at the Pens to Lens 2016 Gala.|
|Parker and his girlfriend, Zoey at the Pens to Lens 2016 Gala.|
This year Parker's screenplay was made into a short film. Parker absolutely loves acting in the films, but having his idea and words brought to the screen was a new big thrill. The local newspaper interviewed Parker this year.
|Parker with the director for The Star Prince.|
|Parker with one of the adult actors (and a director of a different film) in The Star Prince and The Star Prince director.|
|Parker with his Hello Fear "mom". She was also his 6th grade drama teacher.|
|Hello Fear director and screen writer with Parker.|
I am so proud to have four out of our five family members involved in this short film.
|Fast Rodney's director with some of the cast and crew.|
Dema's Pens to Lens 2016:
Dema was cast in Listen several weeks before shooting started. I was able to read the script and I knew immediately I would love this film. It is so touching and I am so proud Dema was able to be a part of this short. It is a subject close to my heart since my mother died of cancer 14 years ago. When I saw Listen on the big screen, I couldn't stop crying.
|Dema with his "mom", the producer, and director of Listen.|
|Josie with her director and co-stars of Bumps in the Night.|
|Josie with the cast, crew, director, and screen writer for Bumps in the Night. Notice Josie had two dresses for the Gala. There was an afternoon block of films and an evening block. She changed between the two into her evening dress (the blue one).|
|The kids are called on stage after the viewing of their films. Josie was the only child in attendance for Goldfish (see below) and she was on stage for Bumps in the Night.|
|Parker sat with his friends and Josie sat with her Bumps in the Night director and cast. Here they are both called up to go on stage.|
|Dema and Josie on the red carpet for the evening block of films.|
Josie was an extra (a "mean girl" at the beginning, blink and you miss her) in Goldfish and our friends were involved in acting, etc. so please check it out.
We were so fortune to work with so many gifted people from the screen writers to the directors, producers, cast (adults and kids), and all the crew who give of their time, their space, and their talents to make this annual event a success. It is such an awesome experience for everyone involved.