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Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film

August 2, 2021 @ EST 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Member Price: $260
SummerWrite Weeks 4 & 5
August 2 – 13
10 Sessions, 3 hours
Ages: 9 – 16
Deadline to Register: July 26, 11:59 pm
Instructor: Rashida Burch-Washington & John Watson

Over the course of this two- week camp, students transform into a virtual cast and crew to make a short movie based on a Newbery Medal-winning book. You will learn how to run cameras, set up lights, operate audio equipment, direct, and edit. Oh, and did we mention you’ll be the writers and stars of the movie, too? We’ll have a virtual red carpet premiere for friends and family once the movie is finished, and it will be submitted to the national 90-Second Newbery Film Festival with screenings across the country, including in Rochester. Find out more about the film fest at 90secondnewbery.com/. This virtual camp requires access to video recording equipment. DSLRS and camcorders are not necessary; a cell phone with the ability to share video footage will suffice.


Rashida Burch-Washington is from the island of St. Croix, USVI. Her family moved to Rochester in 1989. She attended the School of the Arts and Berklee College of Music, where she pursued her passion for performance while studying music business and management. She joined RCTV in 2013 and currently manages radio station WXIR. Teaching SummerWrite camps is her favorite RCTV responsibility! While she loves the work she does with the community, Rashida’s favorite job is being a wife, and mother of two.


John Watson is a Producer/Educator at RCTV. A lifelong resident of Rochester, he earned an AA from MCC in Communications and Media Arts, and a BA in Journalism and Broadcasting with a minor in Film Studies, from SUNY Brockport. When he isn’t teaching a class or working with youth groups, he spends time outdoors fishing, hiking, biking, camping, playing hockey, and flying his Phantom 4 drone. He is currently working on marrying his passion for the outdoors and using drone photography and action cams by creating a program that will allow viewers to see New York State from different perspectives.


Workshops are conducted EST via Zoom, a virtual platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation. To participate, please register by the deadline using the ticket portal below, or go to Scholarships. Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

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August 2, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Classroom
NY United States
If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at accommodation@wab.org at least 10 days prior to the event or workshop.

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