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April 2, 2014

Videographer sees the positive

Church to screen Fairmount native's documentaries

FAIRMOUNT — Everyone has a camera to show video these days. The hard part is finding a story worth telling.

At least that’s what Fairmount native and award-winning documentary filmmaker Matt Shouse thinks.

“Movies give you roughly an hour to have people’s attention on what you want to show them,” he said. “You spend more attention on a movie than a conversation. What you put up on that screen is up to you as a filmmaker.”

Although he’s still a sophomore film production major at Huntington University, Shouse has had his share of cinema success. His documentaries have been featured at the Envision and Heartland film festivals.

Now those closer to home will get an exclusive screening.

Fairmount United Methodist Church is screening two of Shouse’s documentaries at 6 p.m. Saturday. It’s free and open to the public.

“We just thought it was a good thing to do because the purpose of the films is to show the good things people are doing. We thought that was a real positive,” Pastor Dawn Cuthbert said.

The screening will include Shouse’s short film “Peace for Paws,” a documentary about the volunteers, animals and work that goes into sustaining the Humane Society. It premiered at Taylor University’s Envision Film Festival, where it won in the high school division.

The judges gave him critiques and encouraged him to add music and an interview with the Humane Society’s CEO. After making those tweaks, it was selected for the 2012 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis where it won in the high school division.

The following year, Shouse’s film “It Takes a Garden” was selected to go up against other independent filmmakers in the Heartland Film Festival. His documentary about locally grown food in Indianapolis supplying restaurants and farmers markets went up against more experienced directors with bigger budgets.

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