Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Free silent film workshop for youth

I would go rain-or-shine if I were 17!


Clare Haggarty, Civic Art Collections Manager, L.A. County Arts Commission,
(213) 202-5858,<>

Applications are now open for 30 spaces; deadline is June 1
The workshop is back by popular demand through L.A. County's Civic Art Program

Applications are now open for a free workshop in which children ages 10 to 17 can make short silent films. The workshop from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on five Saturdays - July 7, 14, 21 and 28 and August 4, takes place at William S. Hart Park and Museum and celebrates Hart's silent film legacy. The Los Angeles County Arts Commission joins with the Parks Department, the William S. Hart Museum and Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to create this opportunity.

Due to space limitations, only 30 children can participate. Interested parents and children are asked to complete a short application form which can be downloaded at or picked up in person at the Friends of the Hart Park and Museum gift shop, and then return it by June 1 (receipt date) to: CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), 24700 McBean Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

The young participants will spend one Saturday learning about acting and theatre with teachers from Newhall's Canyon Theatre Guild and four Saturdays learning about film and creating a short silent film including editing their own films with teachers from the CalArts Community Arts Partnership using state-of-the-art equipment. Students will also be taken on a private tour of the William S. Hart Museum. Attendance is mandatory for all five workshops. William S. Hart Park and Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, California.

This theatre and filmmaking workshop is back for a second year. The 2011 workshop received considerable press. The students were interviewed and their films screened on the Santa Clarita Valley cable television station. The workshop was designed to give local youth, who may not know about Hart's history, a chance to explore the world of silent films.

William S. Hart was born in Newburgh, New York in 1864 and started his acting career in his twenties. At the age of 49, Hart came west to Hollywood to start his movie career. During the next 11 years, he made more than 65 silent films, the last being "Tumbleweeds" in 1925. In 1921, Hart purchased a ranch house and surrounding 265 acres in Santa Clarita. He built a 22-room mansion which today houses his collection of western art, Native American artifacts and early Hollywood memorabilia. He lived at the ranch nearly 20 years until his death in 1946. In his will, Hart gave the Horseshoe Ranch to the County of Los Angeles. It was to be set aside for the use and enjoyment of the public, at no charge. Today, the Horseshoe Ranch consists of 265 acres. Both the ranch house and the Hart residence are open to the public.

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