Hollywood film and television director Christopher Coppola visited Broadview Entertainment Arts University, or BEAU, on Tuesday, February 28 to introduce his Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH) festival to Salt Lake. Christopher, Nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, spoke about the upcoming event to over 50 students, industry professionals and media. According to the senior Coppola, “Christopher is alive with ideas and new approaches in education, the arts and media. His PAH endeavors have spread around the world, and his various enterprises never fail to entertain and inspire.”
PAH FEST—to be held May 14-20, 2012—is designed to connect cultures and communities through digital media. Participants use new media technology such as digital cameras, sound equipment and cell phones to produce short films that celebrate the voices and stories of everyday people.
Project Accessible Hollywood represents the evolving connection between the entertainment industry, the general public, educational institutions and the convergence of digital media technologies. Tools used to create entertainment productions are now more accessible to people outside of the industry but many are unaware how to use the technology to tell their story. PAH FEST is an opportunity to connect with industry experts to learn how to make compelling productions.