In the summer of 2011, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the William S. Hart Park and Museum offered a free three-day filmmaking workshop for students aged 10-17. Students spent three days learning about filmmaking, theater, and storytelling, as well as the legacy of local film star William S. Hart, as they created their own digital silent film. All student participants also received the opportunity to operate state-of-the-art digital video equipment.
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission joined with the Parks Department, the William S. Hart Park and Museum, and Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to create this opportunity. The workshop was taught by instructors from the Canyon Theatre Guild and the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP). 19 children participated in the workshop series.
A screening of the completed student films was held at Hart Park on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.