Austin Film Festival Puts Claymation Magic Into The Hands of Young Patients

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In a visit last week, the Austin Film Festival put the power of filmmaking into the hands of some awed patients at the Children's Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children's Hospital.

The staff from AFF was able to give some of the kids at the CBCC a chance to make their own movies while also giving them a much-needed chance to think about something other than their illnesses.

Each claymation film began at the clay table, where kids were encouraged to build their own characters from clay.

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The next step was to place their clay characters in front of the screen and do stop-motion pictures with the laptop to create the movie.

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And finally, after no more than 15-20 minutes, the amazed kids were able to see the work they had just completed made into a claymation movie of their own.

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Amplify Austin to benefit CBCC

AFF, which already sponsors the CBCC's Teen Infusion Room, will participate in this year's Amplify Austin on behalf of the CBCC. Amplify Austin is a 24 hour fundraiser based on the premise, "I live here, I give here." It's a 'festival of giving' that allows for nonprofits of all sizes to reach the interests of Austinites who can then support them through donations.

All proceeds donated to AFF on March 20 and 21 during Amplify Austin will benefit the CBCC's Teen Infusion Room. AFF hopes to "bring awareness of the CBCC to the community and ultimately help create the best environment possible for kids with life-threatening disease."

Recently, AFF's Executive Director Barbara Morgan recounted her long and fulfilling relationship with the CBCC, and AFF's Senior Film Programmer Liz Mims blogged about claymation, the CBCC and Amplify Austin over at AFF's home page.

[All photo credits: Ross Bonander. For more pictures, visit the CBCC's Facebook album or my smugmug page.]

This is the tenth installment in my series on the Children's Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Texas. The prior nine are listed below:

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