*The 1st annual “ILICFF/Eubie Blake Filmmaking Workshop for Youth” was a resounding success as young attendees (and their parents) became inspired during two-days of learning the art of filmmaking.
The filmmaking workshops were held recently at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore.
It was hosted by multi-award-winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (www.Anthony-Michael.com), who directed the group in creating, casting, scripting and filming a short film project. The workshops were free and open to the public.
The short film project from the workshop will be screened at the 4th annual “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival” (ILICFF) Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center from 1 – 3pm.
The “ILICFF/Eubie Blake Filmmaking Workshops for Youth” is held in partnership with Hobbs’ film production company Imagination Lunchbox. LLC (www.ImaginationLunchbox.com); the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institution and Cultural Center (www.EubieBlake.org), and The Baltimore Times Foundation, Times Community Services, Inc. (www.BaltimoreTimes-Online.com).
The first day of the workshops Hobbs had the group come up with a concept for the short film, then from the concept they came up with a story-line, from the story-line they came up with the characters and finally they came together to write the script.
On day two he directed the youth in several script readings (and changes) and the day ended with the filming of the script. Aside from the characters in the short film, youth were assigned jobs – soundman, script and set supervisors and the lighting. Thanks to Papa Johns (Hanover Street), pizza was enjoyed by all.
A prodigy, Anthony Michael started as an actor garnering multiple awards for his skills and even attended the 2013 Emmy Awards with the producer of the PBS mini-series “The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) for his role in the film playing a young Frederick Douglass at the age of 7. By the age of nine Hobbs decided he wanted to write, produce, direct and star in his own films and released One Nation, Naga Pixie and Agent Hollywood within a three-year span. All of his short film projects received multiple awards from various film festivals from across the country totaling 12 in all. At the age of 10 he decided to host his own film festival in order to screen and award short films made by other youth (and adult made films for youth) from around the world. Thus far ILICFF, hosted annually by Doresa Harvey (Radio One’s Magic 95.5FM), has awarded short films from South Africa, Australia, the U. S., Japan, and Russia.
Anthony Michael Hobbs also starred in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc). As a model Anthony Michael has worked on the national campaigns for Finish Line Athletics (in-store and catalogue), Villa Sportswear and ToysRUs. He has starred in commercials and television segments for Comcast Xfinity, Sprout Network, United Way and Claritin Kids Allergy.
For more information on the 4th annual “ILICFF” or the 2020 “ILICFF/Eubie Blake Workshop for Youth” log onto www.ImaginationLunchbox.com or to donate to the Eubie Blake Center so it can continue to host free events like this log unto www.EubieBlake.org. You can also email [email protected].
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