15th annual valencia film celebration

The 15th Annual Valencia Film Celebration will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 in the Performing Arts Center of Valencia Community College’s East Campus. This year’s showcase will feature a variety of award-winning shorts, as well as the final-cut world premiere of “Just Another Day.”

Opening night, Friday, Feb. 12, starts off with live music and dance performances from Wolfgramm Entertainment – South Pacific Luau. Valencia student shorts program #1 will begin at 7 p.m.  The feature film of the evening will be “H2O Extreme,” which follows the life of Austin Roberts, a young man forced to choose between his love of hockey and his passion for water skiing. He faces several obstacles but embraces his true passion and enters in an H20 Extreme Challenge where intense water ski stunts, performed by the some of the worlds greatest skiers as they take over the big screen.

The film was shot at Cypress Gardens and was directed by Bill Scharpf in conjunction with Valencia Community College’s Film Program.  The film stars Chris Carmack (“The OC,” “Desperate Housewives”), Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”, “Cabin Fever”), Nikki Griffin (“The OC”), Tad Hilgenbrink (“Disaster Movie,” “American Pie: Band Camp”) and John Schneider (“Smallville,” “The Dukes of Hazzard”).

Hip-Hop for Haiti, Sat., Feb. 13, partners Valencia with Yéle Haiti, Wyclef Jean’s organization, to raise money for the recent earthquake victims. Shorts program #2 will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the screening of “Just Another Day”, directed by Academy Award nominee Peter Spirer (Rhyme and Reason, Beef I-III…).

Just Another Day”, stars Wood Harris (The Wire, Next Day Air, Remember the Titans) as a successful rapper, A-Maze, and Jamie Hector (The Wire, Heroes, Max Payne) portraying Young Eastie, an up and coming rapper struggling to break into the music business.  The film follows a day in the life of hip-hop artists as they overcome the ups and downs within the music business. Additional cast members include Trick Daddy, Lil Scrappy, Ja Rule, Petey Pablo, and Big Daddy Kane.

General admission tickets are $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday.  All proceeds from Saturday’s Hip-Hop for Haiti night will be donated to Yéle Haiti.  Valencia Community College students, staff, and faculty are admitted free with a valid ID. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets by phone, contact the Valencia Performance Arts Center Box Office at (407) 582-2900. The East Campus Performing Arts Center is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

Each year the Valencia Film Celebration showcases a variety of short subject films and feature-length films produced by the film program’s students in collaboration with film industry professionals. For a sample of some of the shorts and feature films, please visit our website at, www.valenciafilmcelebration.com

SOURCE:  Valencia Marketing and Strategic Communications

osceola art festival

Want ideas for your upcoming valentine weekend?  Take the family, friends or just your sweetheart and come browse over 140 professional artists, enjoy live entertainment and munch on festival food fare. 

The 43rd Osceola Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 13 & 14, 2010 at Valencia’s Osceola Campus

Presented by Osceola Center for the Arts, this event is free and open to the public! 

Valencia Community College, Osceola Campus
1800 Denn John Lane Kissimmee, FL 34744
Located off of Hwy 192
Between St. Cloud & Kissimmee, Florida

The Festival will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, February 13th and from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, February 14th.  Valencia’s Osceola Campus is located on Hwy 192 about one mile east of Orange Blossom Trail.  Parking and admission are free.