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Pens to Lens: Empowering Students Creativity

August 19, 2015

When you were young, did you ever create fantastical story lines and engage in imaginative play? Perhaps you imagined your stories on the big screen, brought to life for others to see.  Chances are that for you, this was just a fantasy. Unless, of course, you actually became a film maker. However, K-12 students today (if they have the fortune of living in East Central Illinois) actually do have the opportunity to turn their creative inspiration into real films.


Pens To Lens, by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, figured it would be pretty awesome to help the younger generation bring their ideas to life.  Students write scripts during February which are then submitted to the C-U Film Society.  Selected scripts are chosen to be turned into short films, animated or live acting.  They hold an annual red carpet event during the summer to showcase these works of art!


If you haven’t had the chance to see any films yet, no worries.  If you missed the annual Gala at the Virginia Theatre in August, there are other chances to see them as well, such as at Exposed and at occasional Krannert events.


Learn more about Pens to Lens and upcoming events here –  If you like what they’re doing, give them a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


We love what Pens to Lens is doing, which is why we were happy to sponsor the posters and excited to print their custom t-shirts. The t-shirt and poster was designed by talented Matt Wiley, his awesome design work can be found here:

Chambana- what a creative community!