Presented by AVA and Baylor School, the Summer Film Institute gives children (ages 9 to 14) the opportunity to become a director, set designer, writer, or artist. Various professionally-instructed sessions focus on 2D and 3D animation and film production with all equipment, art supplies, digital cameras, and computer technology provided by Baylor School and AVA. Film Institute typically runs for 3 weeks in June.
Now in its ninth year, 4 Bridges is one of the top-rated arts festivals in the U.S. and has grown into a signature arts event in the Southeast.
The event takes place in the First Tennessee Pavilion on Chattanoogas Southside, attracting more than 25,000 art enthusiasts each year. Working with several partners, including a key relationship with the Chattanooga Downtown Partnership as co-producer in the coming year, the festival supports and develops arts leadership in the community; expands cultural tourism for Chattanooga; helps educate people about the business and future of the arts; and contributes to Chattanoogas economy.
The Reel Stories Documentary Film Project allows high school students to explore and develop their own group documentary film. With the assistance of artists-in-residence, students spend three weeks viewing and discussing a series of documentary films that span community, environmental, and political issues. Students are then exposed to research methodologies used to create documentary films, such as interviewing, recording, and data collecting. For the remaining 15 weeks, students choose a project topic, conduct the appropriate research, begin film production, construct a film narrative, and assist with editing the final product. This project is designed to give the participating students a voice and a vision to share with the public and a chance to tell their story.
In 2009, the students of Tyner Academy produced their feature-length film about problems in the current educational system, entitled I Are a Genius.