TCM Announces New Summer-long Series Movie Camp Targeted to Young Adults and Future Filmmakers

Series Hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Premieres June 7 at 8 p.m.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the premiere of TCM Movie Camp, a new summer-long series targeted to young adults and future filmmakers beginning on June 7 at 8 p.m.  Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, Oscar-winning filmmakers and co-founders of Moonbot Studios, will guide audiences through great films and landmark movie moments during the series, airing every Sunday this summer.

 "Our goal with TCM Movie Camp is to bring a new audience to the network and to inspire their interest in classic films at a young age," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our fans this new series and work with Bill and Brandon to offer great insight into the movie making process that will hopefully inspire future filmmakers.”

TCM Movie Camp, previously titled Essentials Jr., invites audiences to join in the adventures of classic films and film making as hosts Joyce and Oldenburg provide greater insight into the filmmaking process. In addition to hosting the series, Joyce and Oldenburg created a new animated open for the series, plus special content for TCM social to promote the franchise and engage a broader audience of younger viewers. Programming titles include:

TCM Movie Camp

·       The series begins with Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which broke new ground for the science fiction genre in its exploration of the UFO phenomena

·       Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941), a parable about a troupe of big-city insects trying to find a better life, is notable today as the first animated feature to be set in modern day and not based on a classic story

·       Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), demonstrates Keaton's creative range and comic inventiveness in tackling everything from subdued, facial comedy to stumbling pratfalls, as with a sequence where a hurricane races through the town, toppling buildings like matchsticks

·       The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) TCM premiere of the Oscar-winning short directed by TCM Movie Camp Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

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