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'Never give up on your own hopes and dreams' | Program taps into Charlotte's future filmmakers

18 students from Julius Chambers High School just completed a 12-week seminar on documentary filmmaking.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Budding filmmakers recently gathered at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture to show off their recent hard work for family and friends.

"This program definitely has shown me to trust myself and trust the process," Kalea Andrews, who goes by Lavish, said.

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The Envision Me Film Showcase, supported by the Gantt Center, was the culmination of 12 weeks of work by 18 students from Julius Chambers High School. They focused on various aspects of documentary filmmaking.   

"We learned to record footage, we learned to edit footage, we learned how to use mics, we learned how to use tripods," Andrews said.

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The students produced their own short films, presented during the Showcase, highlighting personal struggles and triumphs.

"As a gay black man, I can express that. It's never too late. And never give up on your own hopes and dreams,' De'Jon Dash said. 

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