AVFS Partners with Local Filmmakers to Create Internship Program for Local Teens

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Last night, the AV Film Society announced a new high school internship program in collaboration with local filmmakers Leslie and James Simmons of Simz Productions/Shoot Blue Productions. Leslie and James are set to shoot their first full length feature narrative this summer on location in Geyserville. The filming schedule will run alternate weeks for 10 weeks. The Film Society is working with Cloverdale, Geyserville, and Healdsburg schools to select up to ten students to work as paid interns on the set.

Students will first go through a formal interview process. Once selected, they will attend a pre-production meeting with their on-set program coordinator and the film producer. They will work hands-on with the filmmakers in areas such as lighting, grip and electric, camera assistance, audio, wardrobe and scene continuity and hair and makeup. 

Born and raised in Healdsburg, Leslie spent the last ten years with husband James building a highly successful video production company based in Sacramento. Three and a half years ago, they moved back to Geyserville and their daughter attends Geyserville Elementary School. The dynamic filmmaking duo is highly sought after and responsible for many of the region's most visible video projects from Sonoma County Fair promotional videos to work on behalf of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

If you or a student you know might be interested in this opportunity, please have him or her contact their respective school leaders: Joe Dobbins at CHS, Rick Klug at GHS, and John Chevalier at HHS. Further details on how to apply will be forthcoming.

Check out the Facebook page of the film, For What It's Worth.