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Student filmmakers to put work on display at festival in Franklin

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Franklin Film Festival

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin

Tickets: $5 adults, $4 for seniors, college students with ID and military individuals with ID, and $3 for children 12 and under.

For the fifth straight year, young filmmakers from Johnson County will come together at Artcraft Theatre to showcase their talents for one night.

The annual documentary contest will bring together more than 20 films from Franklin and Whiteland high school students at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Films cover a variety of subjects, such as the gay marriage debate and the Indianapolis recycling nonprofit RecycleForce, and were entirely created by students.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Spotlight On.”

Don Wettrick, organizer and Franklin Community High School broadcast teacher, said, “I always really like the community support it gets. A woman came up to me and said that she really appreciates how we spotlight these different charitable organizations and events. So I thought that was a good theme.”

Three selections being entered in the festival:

‘Out of Darkness’

What is it about: Bullying and suicide in young people

Who made it: Franklin Community High School students Ryan Long and Thomas Bolt

Why make this film: “In 2012, a friend of mine had committed suicide. Since then, I wanted to find some way to bring awareness to it. Tom and I both wanted to compete in the film festival, and we both decided this was something we really wanted to focus on.” — Long.

What do you hope people take from it: “The actual goal for it, a lot of schools show videos about bullying and suicide. But a lot of them seem cliche. It’s a good thing to have it in the film fest, but it’s good for schools to have something where you see the real emotion.” — Bolt

‘For the Kids’

What is it about: Indiana University’s Dance Marathon

Who made it: Franklin Community High School student Jamie Price

Why make this film: “I’ve been a part of our Dance Marathon here the past three years and watched it get started. I wanted to see where Dance Marathon got started. IU’s Dance Marathon was the first one in Indiana for Riley (Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health).” — Price

What do you hope people take from it: “The Dance Marathon is a huge fundraising effort for Riley, and it really affects all of the students at IU as well as the children at Riley. It’s not just a superficial fundraiser. It runs deep.” — Price

‘More than Just Apples: Agri-entertainment at its Core’

What is it about: Agri-entertainment, and how more Indiana farmers are branching out to provide tourist destinations.

Who made it: Franklin Community High School students Dylan Listner and Brandon Dale

Why make this film: “We started to realize that people are more interested in these orchards and farms than for just apples or pumpkins. They come and make a day of it, bring their families. It’s become a source of tourism.” — Dale

What do you hope people take from it: “We hope they come to appreciate the fact of agri-entertainment and that they take time to notice all of the fun they have at these outlets. We hope they appreciate the fact that it’s more than just going to the store.” — Listner

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