On April 5 and 6 at 7 pm, Anderson High School will premier a feature-length film that has been written, performed, filmed, and scored by students in the Film and Music Departments. Each showing will also feature the AHS Symphony Orchestra playing the film score live.
Chad Weddle, Film Teacher and the Director of the project, says “this level of film collaboration among students is not being done anywhere else in the country. Not even colleges are trying this at this level, so we are very much ahead of the curve.”
Anderson Theatre has seen success in the past with student-written productions (2012’s “Robin Hood: A Monk’s Tale”) and student-composed scores (2014’s “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”), but this marks the fist time they have combined these with student Filmmakers and Musicians as well.
Senior Hailey Mauk wrote the screenplay last summer, with support from Weddle and his staff. Junior Ian Baker has spent this winter composing the musical score, supported by Dr. Eric Knechtges, recently an Associate Professor of music theory and composition at NKU.
“Ian Baker is a highly gifted and motivated student,” says AHS Orchestra Director Felipe Morales-Torres. “It was only natural to let him take the reigns for this project. Giving our students the opportunity to compose and perform for film puts them at the very edge of the evolution of orchestral music.”
“Our belief in creation and collaboration make it possible to push the boundaries of film education at the high school level,” say Weddle. “I am eager to showcase the talent of these students. Anderson township should not miss this event, because this is the future. Audience members can say that they were here when history was being made.”
Tickets for 2 MARS are $10 and can be purchased at the door or through www.ShowTix4U.com.