Emmy-nominated producer rolls out red carpet for film students

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 18, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered what it’s like to experience the Oscars?

West Bloomfield student filmmakers will get the red carpet treatment when their films are put on the big screen 2-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Emagine Theatre in Novi.

The event is sponsored by Emmy-nominated producer and West Bloomfield resident Sam Logan Khaleghi and Emagine Theatre. Logan Khaleghi was nominated as a producer for “Prison Boat” in 2010.  He was also the executive producer/producer for “Approaching Midnight” and the unit production manager for “Brick Mansions,” starring the late Paul Walker.

“As a product of West Bloomfield … I wanted to give back to my community and give back to arts education and promote arts education,” Logan Khaleghi said, explaining that when he attended West Bloomfield High School — he graduated in 2001 — an opportunity like this did not exist.

“We have a young generation of creative minds that need to be given access. So if I have access to a medium and that medium is a theatrical screen, what I want to do is give that access to the student body. … There’s going to be someone like me in school right now, and I wanted to give that opportunity to them,” Logan Khaleghi said.

While the number of films had not been set at press time, Logan  Khaleghi estimated that 10-15 student shorts will make up a collective 90 minutes. The showcase will feature a variety of genres, including drama, suspense/action and comedy. All films were created by students at West Bloomfield High School and Frankel Jewish Academy. Tickets cost $5, and 100 percent of the ticket sales will be split between West Bloomfield High School’s art department and Frankel Jewish Academy.

Logan Khaleghi said the idea is that people will dress as if they are attending the Academy Awards and will pose for photos on the red carpet.

“We want to give them that experience. It’s Oscar day,” Logan Khaleghi said.

But unlike the Oscars, every student is a winner and each receives the experience of having his or her film on the same screen as box office hits like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Micah Greene, co-producer of the Orchard Lake Student Film Festival and video teacher at West Bloomfield High School, said that while it’s enjoyable to have the student films screened as part of the annual Orchard Lake Film Festival, having their films screened in a movie theater is “unique and gratifying for them as young filmmakers.”

West Bloomfield High School students began working on their projects in the fall, and they showcased their work at the Orchard Lake Film Festival Feb. 5. The red carpet event is an extension of the Orchard Lake Film Festival.

“I just think that it’s a nice capstone piece, especially for our seniors, who worked so hard in our video program in the school over the years,” Greene said. Most of the films are shot by seniors, but there are a few group projects that were shot by juniors, he added.

Emagine Novi is located at 44425 12 Mile Road in Novi. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.emagine-entertainment.com.

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