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Filmmaking for Social Change 

Class Description:

Have you ever thought about the lasting impact your kid’s social media engagement can have on their lives and others?

In this day and age, phones and cameras follow kids everywhere. What a kid posted three years ago can resurface out of thin air. What someone said in a heated moment to someone else can follow them for a lifetime. Is anything really private anymore?

Understanding the positive and negative ramifications of your kid’s social media behavior is extremely important in our current culture.

Creating empathy and developing good social media behaviors now are crucial for your child as they move into becoming young adults, as they apply for colleges, as they begin their independent lives.
This is what this film in Adria Dawn’s next Filmmaking for Social Change Class will focus on.

Join Adria and help her make the eighth film in this important series, Kids Matter: Inside the Minds of Tween and Teens.This class will include the creating, pre production, casting, shooting and screening of a short film. Be a part of something important where you can make a difference while learning the art of movie making and acting for the camera. These films are educationally distributed throughout the US and Canada. Visit our website to learn more about the series:

Filmmaking for Social Change is back this Spring with Adria Dawn. Together the class will create a film that deals with contemporary issues that teens and tweens face today in a safe, creative environment. This class will include the preproduction, story creation, casting, shooting and screening of a professional short film. This uniquely designed actor-focused filmmaking class gives actors experience in the classroom and on the set. Please join us and help us make something important. These films have played at film festivals across the country and are educationally distributed globally. We make these films in to help spark discussions about hard topics in classrooms, with peers or with family and friends. Topics have included peer pressure, cyber bullying, gun violence in schools, and depression.

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Class Dates: 

(location Highwood Rec Center)

  • Saturday May 1st 10 am - 1pm (parents should plan to attend the first 10 minutes that day)

  • Saturday May 8th 10am to 1pm

  • Saturday May 15th 10am to 1pm

  • Saturday May 22nd 10am to 1pm

Shoot Dates:

(Location Lake Forest Country Day School)

  • Saturday, May 29th  9 am to 6 pm

  • AND Sunday May 30th - 9 am to 6 pm

Crew call times will be 8 am to 8 pm for building needs - load in and load outs. 

Screening Date:

Screening for cast and community will be on Sunday June 20th, 2021(Father's Day) 11 am  at the Highwood Rec Center

  • We will shoot the movie over two days. Kids must be available both days, for the entire duration of 9am to 6pm.

  • Kids enrolled must be non SAG-AFTRA.

Cost: $535


ADRIA DAWN (Entertainer/Educator/Maker) currently teaches on-camera acting at Acting Studio Chicago, Tarleton/Dawn Productions and The Performer’s School. She served on the faculty at Columbia College Chicago, taught at The Actors Centre in London, and is a private on-camera acting coach, writer and filmmaker. As a film and television actor, Adria spent a decade in Los Angeles where she earned a “Gustiest Actor on Television” nomination. She continues to expand her roster of film credits in the Midwest, working both in front of and behind the camera. Please visit to get to know her more. 

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