Governor’s School for the Arts students to hold drive-in film festival

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Thousands of students in our area missed out on some important milestones in their lives when the school year ended abruptly because of COVID-19. That includes students at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk.

Each year, students in the theater and film department hold a film festival at their school to showcase their work, and then they discuss that work with the audience. Well, COVID-19 flipped the script on them. The school year ended with no film festival. That’s when senior Herman Hurston, and his classmate Allana, came up with the idea to create a one-night, drive-in film festival. It’s coming up next week and Herman says the short films focus on a number of topics.

“There’s a two-minute film about abortion, and then there’s a documentary, we are probably going to have a Black Lives Matter documentary, and there’s also a documentary discussing immigration. So, there’s stuff like that, but there’s also a lot of narrative films that are fun and light, you know, to experience escapism in some way,” said Herman.

The GSA drive-in film festival is next Thursday night at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk on Granby Street. The event is not open to the public. It is for students, teachers and parents.

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