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Creating Films Gives Mississippi's Youth a Voice

Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:01 AM | Carol Green

The Madison County Library System partnered with Canton Tourism to host the 2019 Canton Young Filmmakers’ Workshop the weeks of July 8th and July 15th . This was the second year in a row that our Digital Innovation Lab helped give young minds a place to create, explore, and flourish with their film making skills. “Our youth are eager to find their voice. They have something important to tell the world. They want to make a difference in their respective communities,” says Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton with NMHS Unlimited Film Production. She also states, “They are the future, and I wanted them to find their voices and ground them in research which supports their eagerness to make a difference.” These young adults are learning to use technology that will put them years ahead in their respective career fields as well as team building exercises, critical thinking, and problem solving skills with everyday circumstances.

David Jackson, Technology Programming Specialist with MCLS, and Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton were the talented instructors that worked with two groups: 8-12 and 13-18. They learned to write scripts, design props, shoot film, edit, and much more. On top of sharpening their movie making skills, several groups took advantage of the sound booth in the Digital Innovation Lab to record custom music for their productions. Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton said, “In addition to honing their skills, film camp offers each camper the opportunity to discover what their own particular skillset might be, and how to best use that skillset to tell a story. Through this process, participants begin to understand that there are many ways to tell a story.” The Madison County Library System hopes to continue this innovative camp for years to come which is shaping the creative minds of our future!

Submitted by

Braley Reed

PIO/Asst. System Admin

Madison County Library System



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