The streets of downtown Los Alamos will be closed to traffic Friday, Oct. 30, and filled with throngs of costumed kids and adults trick-or-treating from store to store. For those looking for an alternative to candy giving/taking, why not make a mockumentary?
The Pajarito Film Club challenges local film makers of all ages and abilities to grab a filming device of choice (phone, camera, i-Pad) and spend the 90 minutes of Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet capturing ironic and humorous moments on film.
By definition, a mockumentary is “a motion picture or television program that takes the form of a serious documentary in order to satirize its subject.” Examples include television shows like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” and movies like “This is Spinal Tap” and “Best in Show.”
Following the film event, participants will have two weeks, Oct. 30-Nov. 13, to edit their films to a 10-minute short and submit them via Vimeo or YouTube by midnight Friday, Nov. 13. Screenings of finalists will be presented at the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium during WinterFest weekend Dec. 4-6, and winners will be awarded cash prizes from local contest sponsors.
Kids aged 13-19 qualify for editing assistance from experienced film makers using equipment at the new Los Alamos Teen Center.
The Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest is sponsored by Pajarito Film Club (PFC), a grassroots group of people who enjoy film—whether it’s watching, discussing, making or editing, promoting or working on a film. The club of volunteers is working with the Los Alamos Film Office, the Creative District and the Teen Center to create a series of programs and events that provide opportunities to learn about and experience different aspects of the film industry.
Anyone may become a member of the Pajarito Film Club on Facebook. Just click “Like” and get information and updates on the Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest, as well as future film-related activities and opportunities to participate. Facebook message Pajarito Film Club with questions.