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Class Description 

Ever dream of making a movie? Then The Silver Screen Filmmakers Club is for you! We will meet in person on a weekly basis for 6 sessions this winter. There are 12 slots available, preference is given to people 65 and over. Members will learn how to shoot short documentary films on their phones and work as production/post production teams. Additionally, you will learn a brief history of filmmaking, how to use editing software and decide which online platform is the best fit for your film. The course is being taught by Award-winning writer/ filmmaker, Jessica Renslow who lived and worked in Hollywood for a decade and now resides in her hometown, Gary, Indiana. Classes will meet at our host organization, The Miller Beach Arts and Creative District (540 S Lake St, Gary, IN 46403) from February 10th-March 16th. Additionally,  they will also hold a Short Film Showcase (on March 30th). The community is welcome to come and see all the cool movies the Silver Screeners created during the course. The class is being funded by a grant from The Indiana Arts Commission's Lifelong Arts Initiative. 

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Teaching Artist Bio

Jessica Renslow is an Indiana based filmmaker. With twenty years of production experience, she has 700+ credits, as she cut her teeth in episodic TV. A 2003 graduate of Ball State University, she received a BA in Japanese language/culture and Telecommunications. She was a 2002 David Letterman Award Winner for her feature-length screenplay, “Stained Glass Graffiti” and helped produce/direct segments for the Emmy Award-winning entertainment news program “Connections Live!”  (WIPB-TV). After graduating, she worked as a teacher and translator for the Japanese Ministry of Education in rural Hokkaido for three years appearing on a variety of NHK shows and radio programs for her community development work. She spent a decade working in Los Angeles for major studios and producing passion projects. 2007 marked her directorial debut with her feature film premiering at the LA Women in Film Festival. She received her master’s in education from California State University in 2012 with a focus on instructional design, new media production and leadership. She translated and adapted the 2013 Sundance International Filmmaker Award-winning script “Spectacled Tiger.” In 2015 she returned to the Hoosier State and has spent the past eight years helping educational institutions, nonprofits and governmental entities adopt new technology. From 2015-2020 she had several short documentaries premiere in film festivals across the US. From 2018-2020 she co-hosted Issues and Answers Wednesdays on WLTH covering a range of local/national/international stories. In 2020 she received an Individual Advancement Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for her writing. 2022 marked her return to scripted filmmaking with the award-winning premiere of “Method: A Voice Actor Prepares.” She is one of three Hoosier filmmakers awarded a 2023-2024 Unearthed Film Project Grant from Indiana Humanities. Her work has aired on networks such as The Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and PBS. Some of her works are available on the following streaming services: Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.  Ms. Renslow is an advocate for independence within the disability community. She is looking forward to facilitating her first course geared towards 65+ learners as part of the 2023-2024 Indiana Arts Commission's Lifelong Arts Initiative.  She feels that bridging the digital divide is a mode for positive change and equity.


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