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Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival canceled for 2013

Posted: December 18, 2012 5:44 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 5:44 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival — the winter event that for seven years showcased professional independent and student productions — will not be held in 2013, an organizer announced today.

After a seven-year run at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall, Executive Director Ramon Hamilton said, he and co-founder Jennifer Fischer are “running on fumes,” he said in an email exchange Tuesday.

“It really has taken a toll on us,” he wrote. “We were spread too thin.”

The duo has turned their attention from the festival to their own filmmaking and youth digital arts programs.
Hamilton wrote that he hopes the festival will find someone willing to step up and “carry the torch,” “but nothing has been figured out just yet.”

The festival, which was held in January, presented professional independent short and feature-length films, as well as films made by high school and college students.

Phil Lantis, arts and events administrator for the city of Santa Clarita and a member of the festival’s board of director, said it was a shame the program was canceled. The city helped support the festival.

“The decision by the board to discontinue the event was not financial, but had to do with the amount of time the founders/main staff who worked on the event, without pay, were able to dedicate to the event,” he said.

Hamilton said the organizing board will partner with Generation Arts to present a showcase of youth film projects with an accompanying digital exhibit of graphic design work. Generation Arts is a digital arts education organization.

The screening will be held on Jan. 12 at the Repertory East Playhouse in downtown Newhall.

The showcase will present digital films and design creations from youth, ages 9-17, produced and created over the last several months through free workshops and classes, primarily supported by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.

Hamilton said classes have been held at the Val Verde Community Center, Newhall Community Center, Newhall Elementary School and in Canyon Country with students who attend Sand Castles day care.

Additionally, a special teen filmmaking class was also conducted at the Newhall Community Center.



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