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Booklist: Filmmakers in Fiction

June 24th, 2014 (08:43 pm)
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When I read books featuring visual artists, I want to see their art. Similarly, when protagonists are filmmakers, I'd love to see their films. Here are a few examples:

Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell - This story of a teen filmmaker inspired a real-life filmmaking contest. For teens and adults.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - Emi, a production designer, blossoms when she gets the opportunity to work on an indie movie. For teens and adults. Strongly recommended.

The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie - Dylan becomes the unwilling subject of his friend's film. For teens.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - In a side plot, one of the main character's sisters makes a film. For teens.

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz - Six teenagers break into an abandoned mental institution to make a film. For teens.

Play Me by Laura Ruby - Three best friends, all aspiring filmmakers, work together on a production which they post online and enter in a television contest. For teens.

Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian - Tru was born minutes before her twin brother, who, due to an oxygen deficiency, is developmentally disabled. Now twelve years old, Tru sets out to make a documentary about her brother for a local cable station. This book was made into a TV movie starring and Shia LeBouf. It was fantastic to see Tru's documentary come to life. For ages 10 and up.

Special Case: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson - Though Jenna does not make films herself, home movies are very important to her. For teens. Strongly recommended.

Related Booklists:
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Person
But I Don't Want to Be Famous!
But I DO Want to Be Famous!
I Am a Dancer
Sing Sing Sing

Comments

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)

The only other one I can think of is Annabelle's sister in JUST LISTEN.

I really want to read the second book you mentioned.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)

Thank you! I'll add Just Listen now. Go Kirsten!

I think you'll like Tru Confessions best of these three.

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)

Cool! I'll def check it out.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 4th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)

:)

Posted by: yareader (yareader)
Posted at: June 6th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Another YA novel based on film making

Project 17 by Stolarz is another title with a focus on film making. In order to win a film contest a high school senior gathers an eclectic group of teens who spend the night at a deserted mental hospital before it's torn down so he can shoot their reactions.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 6th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Another YA novel based on film making

Ooh, yes! Thank you!

Posted by: yareader (yareader)
Posted at: June 6th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Another YA novel based on film making

IMHO Project 17 is just as OK read, but it fit with your theme. Light fare!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 6th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Another YA novel based on film making

Laurie is very kind, and I have a lot of fun helping her with her website. That reminds me, I have to add the BiFN series to my psychics booklist! :)

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