PITTSBURG, KS.--- It was a movie night at the Pittsburg Public Library tonight. Local students apart of the library's MovieMakers Club, got to premiere their first big film that took them all summer to complete, Duffy's Jacket by Bruce Coville.
"Duffy's Jacket is a story that I have loved for years. It's a story that I do as a read out loud around Halloween, because it's very suspenseful and it has a twist at the end that the kids love," said Bev Clarkson, Director, Pittsburg Public Library.
Bev Clarkson says she contacted the writer, Bruce Coville, who happily allowed the club to make his short story as a feature film, giving the library all the rights.
"For years and years, we showed movies here at the library and attendance started dwindling. So, I thought 'how can we make this fun?' So, we thought let's make a movie at the library, instead of just showing a movie," said Clarkson.
The Pittsburg MovieMakers Club has been around for a year at the public library. Students involved in the MovieMaker's Club range from middle school to college. They not only got to act in the film, but be involved with the set design, audio, lighting, directing and camera operation.
"Seeing the changes in generations, I think it's good for the kids to get involved in something where they actually make something," said James Swfford, Producer, Duffy's Jacket.
Students are very thrilled to be a part of such a fun club.
"We actually learn how to make our own movies and go through the process of it, so it's pretty cool to do that," said Megan Lee, Actor, Duffy's Jacket.
"I always like being in movies and making movies," said Dominic Stefnoni, Actor, Duffy's Jacket.
The club is open to any student in the Pittsburg area. If students are interested in joining, they can contact the public library. Funding for the program was provided through a grant from the Pritchett Trust. Duffy's Jacket will be available to check out at the Pittsburg Public Library by the end of the year.
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