Super Heroes Take Flight This Saturday

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University of North Dakota


Maybe you've seen them flying around town? A hero who packs a punch. The last girl standing takes on alien invaders. A caped crusader springs out of a cloud of mist, munching a donut with sprinkles.

No, it's not a bad reaction to last night's seafood platter; it's the 6th Annual UND Moviemaking Camp for Youth.

Sixteen area kids have been writing, directing, acting in, and editing 6 short live-action movies over the last two weeks. On Saturday, June 18th, they will premiere their efforts for movie fans.

The stakes have never been higher as two boys extinguish a computer virus, saving the world from robots intent on world domination in Peter Gravdahl and Sean Bankston's script. Radioactive breakfast cereal morphs a mortal boy into a super hero in Evan Welsh's adventure/comedy. And Noah Thompson, of East Grand Forks, finally unmasks the phantom of the Empire in his movie set at the Empire Arts Theatre.

The screening is free and organizers hope area film buffs will come out and support these young movie makers at 2 p.m. in room 300 of Merrifield Hall on the UND Campus (across from Burtness Theatre), Saturday, June 18.

This year's filmmakers are Peter Gravdahl (Northwood), Shelby Perkerewicz and Evan Wurden (Fisher), Noah Thompson, John Kroeber, Erin Olson,, Jason LaMoine (all of East Grand Forks), Alex Fischer, Nick Fu , Jeremy Lawrence, Joey Johnson, Victoria Lee, Kelly King, Kathryn Rutz, Sean Bankston, and Evan Welsh (Grand Forks).

The sixteen budding filmmakers will see their work on the "big screen" for the first time, then receive awards for their efforts. A reception will follow. UND Moviemaking Camp is sponsored by the Dept. of English, and directed by UND Senior Lecturers Kathy Coudle-King and Christopher Jacobs.