View From Behind the Director's Chair: Application

Teens in grades 7 – 12 are invited to learn professional documentary skills in this eight-week workshop. Selected participants will learn camera basics, lighting and sound techniques, and create their own documentary. A Film Fest will allow students to share their finished work with family and friends.

All skill levels are welcome to apply. Teens must live in Downers Grove or attend a Downers Grove school. Applications will be accepted May 1-25.

Sessions will be on the following Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.:

  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22
  • June 29
  • Off for 4th of July week
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • Aug 3

The final Film Fest will be Saturday, August 5th, at 1 p.m.

Students should be able to commit to at least 7 of the 8 sessions in order to not miss vital information.

Questions about the program? Email them to the Teen Librarian at

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Name *
Address *
Email *
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What grade will you be in Fall 2023? *
What school will you attend in Fall 2023? *
Do you feel comfortable working in a group? *
Why would you like to participate in the library's View from Behind the Director's Chair program? *
Describe any interest in film and editing that you have. *
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? (Hobbies, interest in library programs, etc.) *
I have read through the dates and can attend at least 7 sessions. *
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