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Students to screen very short films

A screening of short films will round out the Springfield Arts Council’s third Summer Sundaes series.

The Students for Real film screening comprises two- to three-minute films created by local middle school and high school students and will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg.

The event is family-friendly, and admission is free, with donations accepted. Ice cream treats will be for sale.

“It’s a great way to experience how the arts relate to our community through the lenses of students and families,” said Sarah Michelson of the Springfield Arts Council.

Last year, several students in Project Jericho and the Springfield Promise Neighborhood programs were paired with students from Wittenberg University and Clark State Community College to create these short films.

“We’re very excited to combine with the Arts Council for this,” said Beth Dixon, director, outreach and education for Project Jericho. “It gave our kids a chance to dabble in filmmaking, which they hadn’t done yet.”

Dixon said filmmaking adds another outlet for her program’s students, especially those more reserved and not as interested in the performing arts.

Several Project Jericho student filmmakers also collaborated recently to do a public service announcement for United Senior Services. The spot will debut at Sunday’s screening.

Several of the filmmakers will attend the screening to speak about their works.

Clark State’s Project Jericho is collaboration between the Clark State Performing Arts Center and the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services.

Students for Real concludes the 2014 Summer Sundaes series, which featured five weeks of live entertainment.

“Our Summer Sundaes has been a great success,” Michelson said. “With ice cream and entertainment it’s been a fun, family-friendly Sunday afternoon event to complement the Summer Arts Festival.”

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