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Digital Media Workshops

Aspiring filmmakers and digital media enthusiasts can get hands-on experience with some of the field's most impressive creative tools during the Ashland independent film festival (cq), April 14""15, 2007, in Downtown Ashland.

In partnership with the popular AIFF, MOJO Rising Workshop and Events Studio, 140 Lithia Way, will host a six-hour hands-on training using Final Cut Pro, one of the most popular high-end film editing tools available for professionals and amateurs.

Hour-and-a-half drop-in sessions in the use of popular digital media tools, including video cameras, sound recorders, and digital cameras, will also be offered. The Stanford University-based Digital Media Academy, will provide the faculty for the workshops, with a 25-machine lab of brand-new 24" G5 computers provided by Apple's K""12 education group.

"The timing of these workshops is particularly relevant, bringing filmmaking tools and training to those inspired by the world of independent movies," said Donella Evoniuk, Owner and Program Director of MOJO Rising. "It is a really incredible partnership with aiff that will feed lots of people's creative spirits and give them some amazing tools."

Tom Olbrich, aiff Executive Director, is appreciative of the opportunity and agrees that the chance to engage the community in an active way is an exciting addition to the growing festival.

"Many larger and more established festivals have hands-on training and education as a component," he said. "This collaboration really helps put aiff on the map educationally and creates a needed link between learning and active filmmaking."

DMA Instructor Tom Wolsky is a well-known Final Cut Pro guru and author of "Final Cut Pro Editing Workshop." His articles have appeared in MacWorld magazine, DV Magazine, and on many popular Final Cut Pro Web sites.

A graduate of the London School of Film, he has worked in film and television for more than 30 years, with 20 of them spent as a producer and operations manager at ABC News' London and New York bureaus. Tom is an Apple Certified FCP instructor.

Cost of the six-hour session, Saturday, April 14, is $175 and is limited to 25 students. Pre-registration before April 10 is required. Students are encouraged to bring their own video cameras.

Call 541-324-7044 for more details and to register.

Drop-in sessions on Sunday, April 15, are limited to 25 students each, and are $20 for each hour-and-a-half of instruction. Pre-registration for the Sunday sessions are accepted.

DMA is a nationally-recognized organization offering hands-on learning experiences in a broad range of digital media technologies. Its programs cater to K""20 educators, teens, and adult-learners. Founded in 2001 by a group from Stanford University, DMA is best known for its premier summer programs hosted at prestigious destination campuses, such as Stanford University and the University of Texas along with locations in South Carolina and San Diego. In addition to its summer programs, DMA provides on-site training to schools and companies throughout the year and has recently released a DMA Book Series through CMP Books. Visit /.

MOJO Rising Workshop and Event Studio is conveniently located in downtown Ashland, one block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and close to long-term parking. The studio is Southern Oregon's newest boutique event space, specializing in workshop production, custom event hosting, and acoustic live music. MOJO Rising's role in the community is to support creative expression, adult education, and the exploration of individual and group potential. Space is available for a variety of custom events, including workshops, live music, ongoing classes, receptions, private parties, and teacher trainings. Visit the studio online at /.