Bexley Middle School's first Documentary Film Festival: Active Voice will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 20, at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St.
A public audience will screen the top 10 documentaries created by the school's gifted language arts students; admission is free.
Active Voice, funded by a grant from the Bexley Education Foundation, "allows students the opportunity to express their perspectives -- through film -- on relevant issues and concerns," according to Linda Kelley, gifted education specialist. Topics range from defining happiness and addressing homelessness in Columbus to perceptions of the Middle East, animation and the concept of time. The grant allowed the students to use professional grade editing software and video cameras.
The students also received advice from two nationally known documentary filmmakers, including Erica Scharf, a New York reality television producer and creator of PBS' Up Heartbreak Hill.