Valencia Celebrates 25 Years of Student Filmmaking with Festival

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: Doors open at 12:30 p.m. See full schedule here.
Location: East Campus, School of Arts & Entertainment

Movie fans, celebrate Valencia College’s 25 years of student filmmaking when the Film Production Technology program holds its 25th Annual Film Celebration on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

The one-day event — which is both a showcase of student films and a fundraiser for the Film program — gives movie buffs, as well as current and former students, the chance to watch short films produced by current film students, and learn some of the technical aspects of filmmaking in short workshops held between screenings.

This year’s celebration will culminate with the 7:45 p.m. showing of “The First of May,” a feature film that Valencia students worked on in 1999, which starred Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and Dan Byrd.

In the film, which was directed by former Florida film commissioner Paul Sirmons, 11-year-old Cory (Dan Byrd) runs away from his foster parents and meets Carlotta (Julie Harris), a feisty lady fleeing her nursing home. The two team up and decide to chase their common dream of joining the circus. They track down a traveling show run by frenetic boss Ed (Mickey Rooney) and are shown the ropes by wise clown Dinghy (Charles Nelson Reilly). By entertaining others, they find the love they had been missing.

Tickets are $10 for employees, senior citizens and members of the military, and $12 for general admission. Valencia College students with an ID will be admitted free. Click here to purchase tickets.

For additional details, visit the Valencia News site.

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