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Austin schoolkids want you to shush

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Famous directors and Hollywood stars have warned Alamo Drafthouse patrons for years about the ramifications of talking or texting in the Drafthouse.

Now kids are getting in on the act. The Drafthouse and the Austin Film Society's Film Club program teamed up for a competition among elementary school students in the Austin Independent School District. With the guidance of filmmaking mentors, the students made short PSA videos to encourage audience silence at the Drafthouse.

Three classes were named winners in the contest — fourth-graders from Winn Elementary and Widen Elementary, and fifth-graders from Rodriguez Elementary. The students from Widen used the threat of tasering, while the kids from Winn offered the idea that when people talk, students cry. Under the guidance of film mentor Daniel Trevino, the Rodriguez Elementary 5th Grade Film Club crafted a unique PSA using claymation.

The winning videos will be played before screenings at local Alamo Drafthouses. The winning classes will also receive $100 worth of equipment and filmmaking supplies from the Alamo Drafthouse to use in future AFS Film Club projects.