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1st Annual Youth Film Festival


Film FestivalClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville’s Department of Parks & Recreation along with the LEAP Organization have partnered to host a Youth Film Festival. The goal of the festival is to increase the self-esteem and overall sense of self-worth of the participants through a 10 week Film Production Course.

During the initial 8 weeks, students  will learn Storytelling and Scriptwriting, Videography and Directing,  Editing (Sound and Film), and  Marketing. For the final 2 weeks, each site will develop a short film at least 5 minutes in length to be entered into the festival.

The films will address problems with:  Family Members,  Fitting in/Peer Pressure, Self Esteem/Body image, Gangs/Bullying, Depression/Loss, School Failure, Teenage Pregnancy, and The Future

Each participant will develop a portfolio containing the following assignments:

  • an original 5 page script,
  • a three minute clip they shot and directed,
  • a film clip containing 5 edits, and
  • a marketing plan for their movie with poster

Once participants have completed all of the modules and assignments they will be eligible to submit a movie to the Youth Film Festival for a chance to win $500.

This program is free of charge and begins March 25, 2013. It is open to youth on a first come first serve basis with a 5 participant maximum at each site (LEAP Office, Burt Cobb, Kleeman, and Crow Center). For additional information call 931-614-0440 or 931-645-7476.

About Richard Garrett

    Richard Garrett

    City Councilman Richard “Reason” Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
    Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.

    For more information on Richard visit He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email

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