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Student Filmmakers Commemorate Life of Beloved Art Teacher

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Aug 30, 2011
Washington, DC MDA

Sitar Arts Center will premiere Life as a Collage, a documentary created by seven students in Sitar’s Multimedia Writing and Documentary Film classes, in Partnership with Meridian Hill Pictures. Created while artist and Sitar volunteer Tom Gabel was struggling with liver cancer, this movie captures one teacher’s amazing dedication to his students and his art, as he reflects during the final stages of his life. 

The film premiere on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 pm is free and open to the public. Following the screening, the student filmmakers will discuss their experience creating this piece in a panel discussion with teaching artists Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer from Meridian Hill Pictures.

Each student, ages 10-18, took on a specific role in the production as director, producer, editor, camera operator, audio technician and music composer, supported by the team from Meridian Hill Pictures and writing teacher Livy Tracyzk. As a group, the class chose to create a tribute to the much respected and loved art teacher Tim Gabel during his last months. From storyboarding the concept to coordinating the film shoots to editing the footage, the class learned how to create a documentary, working hands-on through each step of the process. All of the music in the film was written and created by Sitar student Callye Christopher.

Having taught at the Center since it opened ten years ago, Gabel’s classes in Landscape Painting and Collage defined the Saturday art experience at Sitar, bringing generations of families together through art. Life as a Collage explores Gabel’s relationship to his artwork and the rich experience he had as part of the Sitar community, both as a teacher but as a consummate learner, taking so much from his students. After a long battle with cancer, Gabel passed away in March. Penrod says “It’s almost like through us it’s [Tim]’s last way of contacting people, people he cared about and that care about him…everything that he learned in his life, he’s passing that on to new people and to the next generation.”
 

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