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Low Key Arts revives Inception to Projection Filmmaking program for 2021

Kody Ford

Low Key Arts’ Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program is back in full effect for summer 2021! After some temporary setbacks in 2020 due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the program is returning in a big way this summer, with higher participation than ever before.

Under the guidance of Hot Springs filmmaker, Jen Gerber, Inception to Projection has experienced phenomenal growth over the past five years, and community support which has allowed for the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment, enabling the quality of the work produced to improve exponentially. Open to students of all ages from teens to seniors, Inception to Projection has a great track record: every single participant in the class has successfully completed their own short film, with no exceptions. The shorts are screened at dedicated screenings in Hot Springs at the end of each session, as well as at Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film, Low Key Arts’s annual film festival held each January.

Summer 2021 sees not one, but two sessions of Inception to Projection taking place. First, a Sketch Comedy class co-taught by Gerber and author David Hill, who has taught sketch classes for Low Key Arts in the past, will take place in June. Then, in partnership with Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, a Documentary Boot Camp session will take place in July. Both sessions filled up in record time and one expanded to accommodate more students. Still adapting to the post-COVID landscape, classes will largely be taught online with only the filming/production days taking place in person.

This past weekend in Hot Springs, production was completed on a number of Inception to Projection projects that were put on hold last fall due to the pandemic. In keeping with the established traditions of the program, each of them was filmed within a 4-hour timeframe. They will be edited and completed over the next week using the resources kindly donated to the program by ASMSA (Arkansas School for Math, Sciences and the Arts) here in Hot Springs. Later this summer, when the Boot Camp and Sketch Comedy sessions of Inception to Projection have concluded, the films will be screened along with all others completed with summer, at an event to be announced soon.

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