“Voices of 4-H History” will be a Major Feature of 2015 National 4-H FilmFest

Logo_5th_Film_FestThis year’s FilmFest will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on June 14-17, 2015 at the Hilton Fontenac.

For the third year, the National 4-H History Preservation Program is sponsoring the 4-H history category of the competition. For more information on this year’s event visit: http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest. To learn more about documenting 4-H history with film, go to the http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com website and “click” on the Voices of 4-H History button in the left-hand menu bar on the homepage or contact: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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History Preservation Newsletter
June 2014

4-H History Activities Accelerate in the Summer

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2014 FilmFest 4-H, August 3-6 in St. Louis features a professional director who started making movies at age 12; she’ll share film-making from a youth perspective. A six-time Emmy-nominated make-up artist of Star Trek fame will share his creative artistry. Don’t miss the July 1 deadline if you’re entering a video/film.

“Voices of 4-H History” shares updates from Washington, DC and Virginia. The program to record and preserve family and community memories continues to expand across the country.

The 4-H History Website, already a wealth of valuable information on the program’s first 100 years, expands even further with a new section on “4-H Brands” for youth-raised farm products.

Our National 4-H Calendar Art Restoration program has completed phase one – the repair of 25 original paintings from the National 4-H Council’s collection; now phase two kicks in, to preserve the artwork under protective Plexiglas.

Last month we introduced Helen Bovbjerg and Wilbur Jensen, two 4-H’ers who dazzled National 4-H Congress delegates in the 1950s with their exceptional musical talents. This month, we bring you highlights of Wilbur’s musical story from 4-H in a small Oregon town to trumpet performances with Louis Armstrong and other greats.

We recognize those people who have shared their treasured memories and memorabilia, and offer them our most sincere appreciation. If you have something to donate; please e-mail the team at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com.

Ready for summer? Enjoy this issue.

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“Voices of 4-H History” will be a major Feature of Filmfest 4-H 2014

FilmFest_Logo_SmallMissouri is pleased to announce that FilmFest 4-H, the national 4-H film festival, has been GREENLIGHTED for 2014! This year’s FilmFest will take place at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is home to countless film productions, one of the nation’s top zoos, amazing museums, and of course the world famous Gateway Arch.

Now is the time to get started! The Film Submission form has been posted, and films will be accepted until July 1, 2014. As with last year, there is a 10-minute time limit on films, so that we can screen as many as possible in the most interesting ways. We continue to request that filmmakers avoid scenes that involve youth pointing guns at each other! This will help us give your films the widest possible exposure through 4-H channels, without creating unnecessary complications.

This year’s confirmed categories are:

  • Narrative
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • 4-H Promotional
  • “Voices of 4-H History”

This special event connects young filmmaking enthusiasts with film industry professionals and with other youth who share those same interests. Like any national film festival, FilmFest 4-H is a “commuter event.” Festival-goers are free to make the arrangements for travel, lodging, and meals that best fit their needs. Your $129 “All access Pass” is your ticket to the entire event. This includes film screenings, field trips, festivities, meetings, exciting workshops with film industry professionals, and other special opportunities. Registration will be online at the FilmFest 4-H website in the weeks ahead. For more information about the event click on: http://is.gd/9Aeb92.

Youth filmmakers from across the nation will present the products of their film making labor on August 3, 2014, in St. Louis. In 2013, youth filmmakers from more than a dozen states exhibited 38 films that they had produced. Finalists’ films from the 2013 FilmFest 4-H can be seen at: http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/2013/films/ror-wy.htm/.

During 2014, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, we are hopeful that youth film makers will assist Cooperative Extension in celebrating this centennial by helping capture 4-H history in their state and counties. Youth filmmakers that complete their productions in time to submit them prior to the July 1 judging deadline, will be considered for FilmFest 2014. Films not submitted by July 1, will be considered for FilmFest 2015.

We hope that 4-H alumni, staff, volunteers, club leaders and supporters will reach out, get involved and encourage 4-H’ers to start up “Voices of 4-H History” media projects for sharing at FilmFest 2014.

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Extension Leaders Learn About 4-H History and FilmFest 4-H 2014

In February, Extension leaders from all 50 states, including agents from 200 counties, who attended the JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, learned about 4-H History Preservation projects and youth film making opportunities. Materials developed by the National 4-H History Preservation Team and the FilmFest 4-H leadership team were shared with all professionals in attendance. Four-H agents and leaders from Missouri and Maryland provided the lead.

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“Voices of 4-H History” Becomes New Competition Category at FilmFest 4-H

Young filmmakers from across the country will soon have yet another way to add to the scope of 4-H history, through the new “Voices of 4-H History” competition category at FilmFest 4-H, the national 4-H film festival. Through early 2013, these teenage filmmakers will be interviewing 4-H alumni, volunteers, staff and supporters, about their personal 4-H experiences. Those efforts meeting the “Voices of 4-H History” guidelines may enter their film at FilmFest 4-H, which takes place during the week of August 5, 2013 in Branson, Missouri.

Films selected for viewing at FilmFest 2013 will be reviewed and judged from a field of films received during the April 15-July 15 submission period. For more information on FilmFest 4-H, visit the website at http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest or click on the link from the history preservation website at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com/voices/

Contact the National 4-H History Preservation team at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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“Voices of 4-H History” Becomes New Competition Category at Filmfest 4-H.

Young filmmakers from across the country will soon have yet another way to add to the scope of 4-H history,through the new “Voices of 4-H History” competition category at FilmFest 4-H, the national 4-H film festival. Through late 2012 and early 2013, these teenage filmmakers will be interviewing 4-H alumni, volunteers, staff and supporters, about their personal 4-H experiences. Those efforts meeting the “Voices of 4-H History” guidelines may enter their film at FilmFest 4-H, which takes place during the week of August 5, 2013 in Branson, Missouri.

The festival connects 4-H filmmakers with screenings, events, and technical workshops lead by actual film industry professionals. These youth celebrate successes alongside peers with similar interests, gathering professional feedback and gaining new strategies for improving their future efforts. Importantly, 4-H’ers take their enthusiasm and new skills back to their own state’s 4-H program. “I’ll take what I learned back to my county and help organize a local film club,” wrote one FilmFest participant from Hazard, Kentucky. “I’ll begin work on my own film and help start a local film festival!”

Films selected for viewing at FilmFest 2013 will be reviewed and judged from a field of films received during the April 15-July 15 submission period. Guidelines, including criteria for judging and selection, are being developed by the National 4-H History Team and will be available in November/December, 2012. For more information on FilmFest 4-H, visit the website at http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest, or click on the link from the history preservation at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com/voices/

Contact the National 4-H History Preservation team at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

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