Sunday, September 27, 2009

Star Waiters

The weekend of kids wrapped up this morning when we went to the historic Egyptian theater (shown above) in downtown Boise to watch the short film Star Waiters (link goes to the full movie on YouTube).

This film was shot and produced locally by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a lot of local film talent, including volunteers from Riverstone School, to fulfill the wish of local 6th grader Mitch Kohler.

The film is cute, not particularly great in terms of the acting or the satire, but I will say that both my elementary school age kids enjoyed it immensely. There were not a lot of people at this screening for the Idaho Independent Film Festival, but it was standing-room only at the original premiere, which took place back in May.

It was also amazing to see how many people it takes to put together a film that was shot in three days and then heavily edited in post-production to add sound (LucasFilm donated use of the official Star Wars music and sound-effects) and special effects. Very touching and a great display of what the community can do when it comes together.

So, much like the moon rock experience yesterday, this was much more fun than it would have been on my own. Now I'm tired and would like to spend some time simply reading. More chores ahead, however.

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