Zombies invade the Boquet River

WADHAMS A zombie attack took place this summer in Wadhams well, on film, at least. Boquet River Association (BRASS) worked with area students on creating a Night of the River Zombies!, a film stressing solutions for river pollution. The production team gathered at the Wadhams Free Library for a sneak peek at the finished product on Jan. 28. The movie is a playful look at a serious problem. In a 14-minute film, kids work hard to combat Zomberculosis, which is caused by drinking polluted water, by making smart environmental choices. The film was written by John Doyle, Dominic DeMuro, Chantalle Todd and Erin Farrell. It was a creative way to get area youth involved and excited about the environment. It is also a fun way to share what they learned with their peers, said BRASS Director Katy Lennahan. Todd and Farrell, both students at Saranac Central School District, became involved in the project because of their interest in film making. The youth involved learned a great deal not only about film making, but also about how to take care of their environment. Todd said the group worked throughout the summer. The project started with participants watching other independent films that touched on environmental issues. The group, along with professionals from the film and environmental worlds, critiqued those films. Farrell said the film would hopefully raise awareness to keep the river clean. This project made learning fun and gave the group hands-on experience. Art and science can work very well together, and I think this project was a great example of that relationship, said Lennahan. The cast included Dominic DeMuro, Emma DeMuro, John Doyle, Mary Farnsworth, Erin Farrell, Holly Farrell, June Farrell, Laura Farrell, Andrea LeVien, Jean LeVien, W.M. Douglas LeVien III, Kelsey Ormsby, Dustin Sleeper and Patty Todd. The production team also included Laura Sells-Doyle, and Dustin Sleeper. Angel Welp, a student at Westport Central School, did the editing. The project was made possible, in part, with a Developing Community Arts Grant with public funds from the New York Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks. Additional funding was made available by International Paper, Inc. and the Kelsey Trust. Copies of the film are available at the Wadhams Free Library. Local schools will also be given the film to help in education. Lennahan added that BRASS?secured funding for another film project for next summer. If You Go: Night of the River Zombies! will be premiered prior to the Champlain Valley Film Societys showing of Whale Rider at the Elizabethtown UCC?(Stone Church) on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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