The historic Lincoln Theatre is hoping to launch the career of the next Stephen Spielberg, Greta Gerwig, or Bong Joon-Ho with an exciting new educational program, the Appalachian Filmmakers of Tomorrow.

This week-long course will give participants hands-on experience creating films from a variety of genres, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by filmmaking professionals to develop their own projects in the weeks following the course. Executive Director of The Lincoln, and director of the program, Brian Tibbs said the idea for the course grew, in part, from his own love of film, “I became interested in videography as a teenager, just as cell phone cameras became ubiquitous. You don’t need expensive cameras or equipment to make good videos; almost all of us have the tools to create a lm right in our pocket. I’m hoping this program will ignite their passion for the medium of filmmaking, as a means of self-expression and storytelling. But also, with video becoming the preferred mode of communication online, I think the demand for video services will continue to surge and could lead to future career opportunities for students of the program.”

The program also aims to highlight the theatre’s history as a former movie palace, home of newsreels, Saturday cartoons, and what are today’s most iconic classic films. “From Gone with the Wind to Jaws, just about every mainstream classic film ever made was once presented at The Lincoln.” said Tibbs. “Patrons of the theatre got to see the world on screen for the first time in their lives, an experience that is hard to fathom to us now. I think this is what gives The Lincoln and other movie palaces the most historic significance.”

In addition to lessons on the history of filmmaking, students will engage in self-led projects to demonstrate the art of film in various ways. From sound & lighting to special effects, participants will explore a number of techniques to gain a full understanding of the filmmaking process. With the assistance of mentors, participants will then have two weeks to create their own short films to be presented during the inaugural film festival on August 22nd. Tibbs hopes to see a number of genres represented in the students’ work, “There’s no pressure on them to produce the next Citizen Kane. The goal is to have fun, create entertaining videos, and learn the basics of a valuable craft.”

Participants in the program should be entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall of 2020. The course will be offered free and space is limited to ten participants this year, but The Lincoln hopes to grow the program over time. To be eligible, entrants should visit the theatre’s website or Facebook page to complete a short questionnaire before July 1, 2020. The course will take place during the week of August 3-7, 2020. The students will then have two weeks to complete their own short film, with assistance from their mentors. On August 22, 2020, The Lincoln will host the first annual Appalachian Youth Film Festival to showcase their works for the public. 


Appalachian Filmmakers of Tomorrow Application 


Applications are due by midnight on July 1, 2020. 


For more information, contact or call (276) 783-6092.