Category: Youth

A-Town Teen Film Festival 🗓 🗺

Screening: March 17, 2017 @ Regent Theatre | Tickets Prize Categories: $500 Best Overall Film, others $100 Best Overall Film  |  Best Actor  |  Best Actress  |  Best Production Value  |  Best Writing  |  Crowd Favorite * Crowd Favorite to be chosen by crowd vote during intermission — so invite your friends. Invite grandma! Invite anyone you know who believes in your dreams! Buy tickets on the Regent Theatre website CONTEST DETAILS & RULES To be eligible for the ATown Teen Video Contest (herein known as ATVC) you must: Be a teen between 12 and 19 or a student in the 6th...

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Looking for Teen Filmmakers

It’s almost time for the Third Annual ATown Teen Video Contest In just a couple of months, the Regent Theatre will once again screen the entries and host the ATown Awards Ceremony for this Showcase of youth filmmaking in Arlington. But of course it can’t happen without the films themselves, and that’s where YOU come in! Please help us get the word out about this opportunity to any young filmmakers you know, and encourage them to submit their work. The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2016. There is no submission fee for the first entry, so that is no obstacle. We look forward to seeing your talents on display! For full contest details please visit www.atownteenvideo.org Sponsored by Data Collaborative, Arlington Community Media, Inc., Arlington Center for the Arts, and the Regent Theatre. Connect with the Atown contest facebook. View the below...

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First Lights in Arlington Heights Was a Big Hit!

On an unusually balmy Saturday evening in early December, ACMi’s Studio A was the site for First Lights festivities that included:             to open the holiday season! Scores of Arlington’s youngest residents showed up to hear Santa read “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and they brought their parents along to join in the fun! A children’s chorus from the nearby Park Ave Congregational Church led the crowd through a series of beloved holiday chestnuts, cookies and hot cider were provided by host ACMi, and winners of a raffle sponsored by participating local businesses were selected. The event drew residents from all over Arlington (and beyond) to the Heights for an evening marked by high spirits and a palpable sense of community, leaving many with the feeling that a new holiday tradition had been born… If you missed this one, please join us next year!...

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SummerFun Recap

With SummerFun now behind us, we sat down with ACMi Youth Coordinator Jessica Barnthouse to talk about the program and what the students learned. Be sure to tune into the ACMi Education Channel to watch the full SummerFun 2015 special: Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday at 1:30PM Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at...

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Body Image – Part 1

Body Image is simply defined as the way a person perceives their own appearance. Many people in our society today have a negative body image, which means that they have a skewed or untrue image of themselves.  “People with negative body image see themselves as a distorted image of who they really are. They feel awkward, uncomfortable, ashamed and self-conscious.” (Safe Teens) This untrue image of oneself is mainly caused by a standard of beauty which people attempt to embody. The media, society, and one’s own peers can be the most consistent sources of this appearance expectation. “Only 5% of American women have the body type portrayed in commercials and television in general.” (Huffington Post) This gap between what people actually look like and what they are expected to look like creates the root cause of negative body image. Many teenage girls have expectations of their own appearance that may be physically impossible to attain, which can cause immense dissatisfaction. Therefore, more than in the past, high school students, who are being constantly exposed to the “perfect” appearance, are the most susceptible to negative body image. “But now, thanks to photo-centric social media like Instagram, Snapchat and other messaging apps, kids are exposed to a constant drumbeat of bikini bodies, six-pack abs, and just-right hair 24/7.” (Common Sense Media) Due to the constant exposure to an unattainable standard of...

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