6:30 p.m. Friday, Englewood Cliffs
What autistic kids won't talk about, they're sometimes able to make movies about. That was the key insight of Joey Travolta, brother of John, an Englewood native whose Joey Travolta Short Film Camp offers special-needs kids all over the country a summer workshop to hone their shooting skills. "The Bizarre Zone," from the 2011 camp, will get its East Coast premiere screening Friday.
TELL ME MORE: "Bizarre Zone," a 50-minute "Twilight Zone" mash-up, is actually a compilation of three short films, all with a "twisted plot and comedic storyline," according to camp officials. Since 2004, Joey Travolta has overseen this traveling summer program that puts cameras into the hands of autistic and otherwise challenged kids. Friday's screening and red-carpet event is sponsored by MarbleJam Kids, a nonprofit group that produced the Bergen County camp in August. Nine professional Los Angeles filmmakers were brought in to teach the finer points of casting, lighting, set and costume design, shooting and editing. Many of these kids also act in their own films, and darn well, too, Travolta says.
QUOTE: "They just gravitate toward this. With most actors, it takes a long period of time to get to a certain point where they're totally uninhibited and they just go for it. These kids are at that point already." – Joey Travolta.
DETAILS: Saint Peter's College, 399 Hudson Terrace. $45 at door (cash only); $35 in advance, $10 for children under 18. brownpapertickets.com/event/205212, or call 201-497-6512. For more, see marblejamkids.org.