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Correction: Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival Offers Kids A Chance To Show Works

Correction: The article originally said sponsored by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, but should have read Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation. 

Santa Clarita Valley film afficionados are going to get a chance to see what the next generation of silver screen stars are working on, with a screening of youth projects Saturday at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall.

“It’s the first event here that focused completely on digital arts with youth here in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Ramon Hamilton, co-founder of the SCV Film Festival and Think Ten Media Group/Generation Arts. “We’re going to be showcasing works in such areas as animation graphic design, live action film making with special effects and all kinds of stuff that’s created by the kids.”

The event which is in part sponsored by Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, provides an opportunity for hundreds of children to take part in hands-on film education, he said.

There are four centers that are involved in the arts-production program: the Newhall Community Center, the Val Verde Community Center, Sand Castle in Canyon Country and Newhall Elementary School.

Saturday’s screening will be the first of several the group plans to hold throughout the year, he said.

The Repertory East Playhouse, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall, will host the screening this Saturday at 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 to support additional programs. Seating is limited.

"This (event)  allows youth to understand more clearly that the media they consume is also created and to, perhaps, be more astute in their relationship to that media, as well as encouraging them to be more interested in being individuals creating rather than consuming media blindly,” said Jennifer Fischer, SCV Film Festival co-founder.