Content Guide 2015

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015
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The Pens to Lens program covers a wide range of ages, and some content that’s fine for the older viewers may be inappropriate for the younger viewers.  The following scripts were written by older students and contain brief moments of intensity, violence, or language that some parents may not be comfortable showing to their young children.

  • Nightmare on Walnut Street: Contains a mildly intense sequence with a ghost which may be disturbing to some kids.
  • Sun Black and the Cannibal Dwarf: As the title suggests, the dwarf is seen eating cartoonish props which appear to be human (or dwarf) remains.
  • Heaven Forbid: Scene implying suicide.
  • Artificial Intelligence: The titular robot traps and gasses a group of people (no on-screen deaths).
  • Influence and Pressure: A sympathetic robot cuts some wires and kills himself.

3rd Annual Pens to Lens Gala Lineup

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015
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The lineup for the 3rd Annual Pens to Lens Screening and Awards Gala has been announced and tickets for the August 15th event are now available for purchase on The Virginia Theater website.

Pens to Lens Screening and Awards Gala 2015:

2pm K-8th Grade Block


  • “Bob and Oscar’s Epic Quest for Ice Cream” By Robert Mercer
  • “FarmBall” by Tyler Hensch, Damian Knoll, Kalani Rentschler, and Nathaniel Wiesbrook
  • “Game of LIFE or Spies?” by William Jurgens
  • “Just Another Day At The Station” by Madeline De Coste
  • “Nightmare on Walnut Street” by Mary Thayn, Mary Russell, and Gracie Sands
  • “Secret Agent Squirrel” by Mara Burkhalte and Kailyn Ingram
  • “Tea Time” by Jonny Poulter
  • “The Feeling of Music” by Kalika Shapiro
  • “The Friendship is Gone” by Anya Gardner and Lillian Ahmad
  • “The Man Who Was Crazy About Noodles” by Roger Spark, Jacob Smith, Lauren Kim, Nathan Lee, and Anika Ravi
  • “The Moose Emergency” by Lydia Hacker

6pm 8th-12th Grade Block


  • “Artificial Intelligence” by Lillian Hall
  • “Better Days’ by Nathan McCloud
  • “Heaven Forbid” by Jasmine Domingo
  • “Influence and Pressure” by Emily Yan, Zoe Lavigne, and Edith Yao
  • “It’s All Done and Over With” by Anika Bryant
  • “Latte Feelings” by Jeremy Brown
  • “Sun Black and the Cannibal Dwarf” by Alahna Van Matre
  • “Sunshine” by Hope Llewellyn
  • “What’s the Password?” by Eliza Foli
  • “Mary”, directed by Jessie Anne Denning, winner of the inaugural Pens to Lens High School Film Festival.

Pens to Lens in the Daily Illini

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015
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The Daily Illini runs a piece on Pens to Lens.