Westport, Connecticut: Outdoor Movies Offered for Teens at Levitt

Westport, Connecticut Outdoor MoviesWestport's Levitt Pavilion will offer movies for teenagers during August beginning tonight. Elaine Daignault, coordinator of youth services, said the fourth annual summer Monday outdoor movie TeenFlix series is sponsored by the Westport Youth Commission and Toquet Hall.. Each evening will feature select short movie clips from the 2008 Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF). All movies are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. The rain location is Toquet Hall. The series kicks off today with Juno, (PG13), an Oscar-winning comedy-drama about an unconventional 16-year-old and her unplanned pregnancy. The WYFF short clips are by Chris Gaulke, Abraham Pineda-Fischer and Westporters Michael Homes, Catherine Aeppel and Derek Zwyer. On Aug. 11, Across the Universe. (PG13), an Academy Award-winning film set in Vietnam area which pairs original music with more than 30 Beatles hits featuring WYFF short clips by Dan Shure, Lois Gordon, James Hodgens, Gilman Kaelan and Michael Holmes. The Aug. 18 feature is Cloverfield, (PG13), a horror film in which five young adults document a monster-attack in New York City with a hand-held camera. WYFF entrants highlighted include Kristof Novak, Derek Zwyer, Alex Swerdlowe, Jon Karmen and Todd Martin. Finally, on Aug. 25 teens can enjoy a marathon of the Emmy Award-winning comedy sitcom The Office starring Steve Carell with WYFF short clips by Justin Amorratanasuchad, Kristin Yeasting, Michael Holmes and Lisa Lucas. Many of the featured young film makers are Westport and Weston students while others are from as far away as Budapest, Hungary as well as Seattle, Minnesota and California. The Westport Youth Commission and Toquet Hall have sponsored the outdoor movies for teens since it's inception in 2005 as a complement to existing programs promoting positive, drug and alcohol-free events for the youth of Westport, said Daignault. This year's collaboration with the WYFF is an exciting new addition to the program. There will be free pizza slices for the first 10 entrants. Light snacks including popcorn, candy and soda will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go to support future WYC/Toquet Hall programs. The Youth Commission is a partnership of 15 Westport high school students and 15 adults appointed by the First Selectman. It is responsible for promoting public knowledge and understanding of issues important to our youth and encouraging community responses to youth needs and concerns.

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