Ozarts Center for the Arts is now offering free classes in film and animation. The first class will be June 16th at 7 PM in the Grand View Hotel Dining Room. This first meeting will be an open general discussion about the film and animation classes and also be a time to talk about Ozarts as a whole, including board positions, and where it's going with the center.
Classes will be ongoing, meeting 2 Monday evenings a month in the Grand View Hotel dining room. Classes will be instructional and hands on training and organic in nature, developing with input from students. Students will also meet outside of regular class for production work for the creation of community oriented videos including historical documentaries on the Saunders's Museum, and the Berryville Courthouse. Animators will be allowed to create their own animations and also get the chance to work on original Ozarts productions such as Arkansas Pond Friends.
Classes will be taught by writer/director Alexander Virden who attended the University of New Orleans Film School, UCLA Fiction Writers Program. Virden was showcased Writer/Director in 1998 New Orleans Museum of Art Film Series: A Dream of Love. He was also selected for 1999 New Orleans Film Festival for Writing/Directing/Shooting Get em' Rowdy music video. Virden owned Lone Knight Productions video production company which produced, directed and shot commercials, music videos, and produced animations, 3D logos, animated and print. He has co-starred in 3 films and is currently in the process of completing a live action/animation feature film and producing an animation series for kids and adults.
Ozarts Center for the Arts (Ozarks and Arts combined) was formed in 2007 to support Visual Art and Music in Carroll County by providing training and access to performing venues for its artists and more access to the performing arts for its people. Ozarts produced the Circle the Square Summer Concert Series for 3 years to help bring people back to the Berryville Square and revive the town's tradition of music on the square. Ozarts also sponsored the Berryville Hootenanny every Friday in the Historic Grand View Hotel Ball Room, for almost 6 years.
Ozarts is also now accepting old computers, working or not, for refurbishing and recycling. Donations are tax deductible and will help support the arts in Carroll County. It will accept all computers and related components (printers etc) no matter how old, cables, power cords, mice, except for non working CRT monitors, though we will take them if they are still working.
"We especially need a video projector for classes and working monitors for the computer lab," says Virden. "If you've upgraded your equipment and you've got the old stuff gathering dust, we can put it to good use."
To learn more about Ozarts and The Grand View visit Ozarts.org and register for the classes. No experience is required for the classes, though people with experience may be offered the chance to help with instruction. For additional information contact Alexander Virden at 870-654-3952.