DETROIT (WWJ) – Twenty-six students in Focus: HOPE’s Digital Collective Filmmaking program will debut their short films on Tuesday, June 14, at the Marlene Boll Theatre in the Boll YMCA, 1401 Broadway.

The premiere, open to the public at no charge, will begin with a reception at 6 pm, followed by the premiere of 10 films.

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The program gave students from Central Collegiate Academy and Detroit City High School the opportunity to explore the world of digital filmmaking in intense, weekly classes throughout the school year.

“Their films give us insight into their world.  They address issues relevant to their generation, including crime, drugs, violence, gangs, and other societal barriers they face on a daily basis,” Annette Vanover, community arts manager at Focus: HOPE, said in a statement.

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Working in teams and guided by local professionals, participants used high-def cameras and cutting-edge software – the same equipment used by professionals in today’s movie studios.

Students engaged in every aspect of filmmaking, from developing storylines and filming, to directing and acting, to post-production work.

The filmmaking program is part of Focus: HOPE’s Youth Media Initiative which provides resources and services to youth growing up in the neighborhood surrounding the organization’s campus on Oakman Boulevard in Detroit.

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In addition to community development programs, Focus: HOPE operates a food program and education and training programs. Read more at