April 29, 2005
Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas (BGCLV), Nevada’s leading youth development organization with a primary focus on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, will work with local and Hollywood-based film industry professionals to create their own film over a 3-day period, May 5-7. Sponsored by Las Vegas film festival, CineVegas, The Movie Team project is presented by Hollywood HEART, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides hope, education, arts, recreation, and teamwork to at-risk youth. Club members will have the opportunity to write, direct, produce and star in their own short film.
“At Boys & Girls Clubs we strive to inspire and empower the youth of Las Vegas to set goals, explore various career paths, and become positive, productive citizens in our community,” said Angela Quinn, president of BGCLV. “CineVegas and The Movie Team project will give Club members hands-on experience in an industry that appeals to many of today’s youth.”
CineVegas will play a large part in the post-production of the Boys & Girls Club film, formatting the piece for inclusion in their 7th annual film festival at The Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres June 10 through 18, 2005. The CineVegas Film Festival has become a starstudded event, which premieres the best in independent, foreign and mainstream films, shorts and documentaries. In recent years, the festival has attracted such Hollywood celebrities and filmmakers as Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright-Penn, Holly Hunter, David Lynch, and more.
“Everyone at CineVegas is excited about engouraging kids to express themselves in art and sharing our skills with those who could be the next generation of Las Vegas film-makers,” said Jen Jurgens, director of operations for CineVegas.
BGCLV serves more than 12,500 youth ages 5 –18 in twelve facilities throughout the valley. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs’ full-time professional staff emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of LasVegas at (702) 367-2582 or visit www.bgclv.org.
For more information about The Movie Team and Hollywood HEART, please visit www.hollywoodheart.org.