On Tuesday, June 24, a swarm of young girls in red berets and blue shorts, a big camera and some amazing lighting equipment, and a flock of people who didn’t seem to be shopping suddenly appeared at the Midtown Farmer’s Market. Film in the City, a project that was funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the Legacy Amendment, was behind the sudden burst of activity.
Film in the City is a project that works with at-risk youth to teach them about telling a story through the medium of film. From February through June, the youth had weekly workshops with film professionals—screenwriters, camera operators, sound and lighting people, and others. The project involved a group of youth, largely based at Avenues (a shelter for youth), whose work culminated in producing a script, with the help of three screenwriting mentors, for a short film. One of the scenes for A COMMON MANOR was set at a farmers’ market and Film in the City was grateful for the help of Midtown Market manager Miguel Goebel and CNO Executive Director Eric Gustafson in arranging for the film to be shot at the market. The film was directed by Corcoran resident Wendy Knox.
A COMMON MANOR is tentatively set for a preview showing at the Riverview Theater in September. More information about Film in the City at their website, www.filminthetwincities.com.