High Museum of Art Teen Team Presents Reel Riot Film Festival
Atlanta area students work with High’s education team to provide creative outlet for teens
ATLANTA, GA - July 21, 2014 – In step with its mission to provide an artistic platform for emerging youth, the High Museum of Art is presenting the Reel Riot Film Festival, organized by the Museum’s Teen Team, on Thursday, July 31 from 9 to 11 p.m. on the Sifly Piazza.
The Teen Team is a group of 15 high school juniors and seniors from the metro Atlanta area who have an exceptional interest in art. Teen Team members are chosen through a competitive application process, and selected members participate in a two-month program at the High focusing on one major project.
This summer’s Teen Team project is the Reel Riot Film Festival, which gives high school students the opportunity to share their work with the public. The calls for submission from teen filmmakers were open from June 2014 through the beginning of July. More than 60 films were submitted by teens from the U.S., Canada, Spain, Jordan and Bosnia. The High’s Teen Team selected 22 films to screen from the submissions, in addition to three short films created by the Teen Team.
“Learning the ins and outs of filmmaking and public programming has been really exciting and rewarding,” said Norah Zagorski, a Teen Team member and rising senior at Roswell High School in Fulton County. “It’s been a great experience to work with other people my age to turn our collective ideas into reality.”
The films will be screened outdoors in conjunction with the “Mi Casa, Your Casa” interactive design installation. Located in the center of the Woodruff Arts Center’s campus on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, the installation features 36 three-dimensional, open frames in the shape of a house. On view through Nov. 2, the houses are a blank canvas for community engagement and activity in a basic form recognizable and relatable to all—the home. Created by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, the vibrant red houses invite visitors to be a part of the art. The films will be screened near the installation, giving spectators a unique viewing experience.
The Reel Riot Film Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.high.org.
Generous support for Teen Programming is provided by Turner Broadcasting System and Wells Fargo.
The High Museum of Art
The High is the leading art museum in the Southeastern U.S. With more than 14,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk art and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. For more information visit high.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Arts for Learning. To learn more visit www.woodruffcenter.org.
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