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Heritage Museum of Orange County to Host Teen Cinema Camp
12-week media training camp begins May 4 funded by a grant from OC Arts Initiative through James Irvine Endowment Fund

SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 26, 2013 — The Heritage Museum of Orange County today announced it will be hosting a 12-week Cinema Camp to teach teens the art of digital production, creativity and historical storytelling.

According to Candace Chromy, executive director of the museum at 3101 W. Harvard St. in Santa Ana near Centennial Park, instruction will begin Saturday, May 4 under a grant awarded to the Orange County Film Fiesta from the OC Arts Initiative Grant, a partnership between the Orange County Community Foundation and Arts OC funded by the James Irvine Endowment Fund.

The camp leaders are award-winning filmmakers Pocha Peña and Victor Payan who will combine silent cinema techniques with digital technology to inspire the creation of new films set in Orange County’s past. Participants will interview community elders and learn about the county’s agrarian history.

“Orange County has a rich heritage that includes visits by many film stars, such as Charlie Chaplin, Rita Hayworth and Bebe Daniels,” says Peña. “We hope to teach our students to create new narrative voices rooted in their community’s unique history.”

Applications are now being accepted from high school students and youth who live or study in Santa Ana. Full scholarships will be offered to up to twelve applicants who display a commitment to the 12-week program, interest in cinema and enthusiasm for storytelling. Classes begin on May 4 and will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm thru July 27.

Films from the Cinema Camp will be screened during the 2013 OC Film Fiesta, a three-week cinematic celebration of Orange County’s diversity to be held in September in downtown Santa Ana.

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is located on Harvard Street, just west of Fairview Avenue and south of Edinger. It encompasses 12 acres of picturesque historical buildings, including the famous Kellogg House, an original adobe and blacksmith shop, and a nature preserve. More than 16,000 elementary school children participate in the museum’s educational field trips each year, while thousands of adults attend special events such as music festivals, Victorian tea parties and historical exhibits.

This program was made possible with generous support from the Orange County Arts Initiative, a partnership between the Orange County Community Foundation and Arts Orange County funded by the James Irvine Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by the Heritage Museum of OC and the Bowers Kidseum.

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