MAPS-Lake County filmmakers share ‘A Day to Remember’

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    STAFF AND students were involved in the making of ‘A Day to Remember’ gather for a photo with the Mission Mountains as the backdrop.

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    CREW MEMBERS of the filming of ‘A Day to Remember’ do their part behind the cameras. (Photos courtesy of MAPS Media Institute)

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    STAFF AND students were involved in the making of ‘A Day to Remember’ gather for a photo with the Mission Mountains as the backdrop.

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    CREW MEMBERS of the filming of ‘A Day to Remember’ do their part behind the cameras. (Photos courtesy of MAPS Media Institute)

On Thursday, May 23, the MAPS-Lake County film class will present a screening of their film, “A Day to Remember” at the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County in Ronan. The film begins at 6 p.m. A question and answer talkback with the student filmmakers will immediately follow the screening.

Here’s the basic plot: A group of teenagers awake in a mysterious room with no recollection of how they got there. They must work together to find a way out and piece together the mystery of why they’re there. As they attempt their escape, it all becomes strangely familiar. “A Day To Remember” is a humorous exploration of the importance of working together and the risks we take to do what is right.

This year, 25 students participated in the free-of-charge MAPS-Lake County film class, which extended from March to May. Students, grades 8 to 12 from four school districts and the homeschool community took part. The class was hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County and Aric Cooksley, the executive director says, “What a privilege to partner with MAPS and get to watch high school students grow and thrive in a world many only watch on the big screen.”

The MAPS Media Institute is recognized as one of the top creative youth development programs in the country, receiving a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award in 2017.

ESTABLISHED IN 2004 in Ravalli County, MAPS teaches media arts in afterschool and summer classes. The MAPS Media Lab is their statewide educational outreach as part of their curriculum bridges filmmaking, graphic design, music production, computer science, entrepreneurship and community service. Through hands-on instruction from professional artists and state-of-the-art equipment, students learn technical media skills, participate in real world work experiences and are taught how to apply these skills for future success.

MAPS student-produced films regularly win regional awards and in 2019, two MAPS student productions were selected to screen at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. MAPS Executive

Director Clare Ann Harff says, “At MAPS, we believe students have inspiring stories to share. Our mission is to mentor these students through professional media arts experiences and help them “Find Their Voice.” Partnering with community organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County is critical to our program expanding across the state.”

The site of the film showing — the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County — is located at 62579 US Highway 93 in Ronan. This event is free-of-charge and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call MAPS Media Institute at 406-381-7230, or go online to mapsmediainstitute.com.

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