Every year, members of Dearborn High School's student video program—WDHS, under the direction of teacher Kurt Doelle—show off a year of hard work to the community in a feature film presentation.
And this year, audiences will get double the entertainment.
WDHS this month announced that the class of writer, videographers, actors, directors and editors in the making will be showcasing two films to the community this May.
Becoming Charlie is a drama based on the true story of a Dearborn High student (and WDHS alumni) who lost his parents, and had to fight to gain stability for himself and his sibling.
Winnerman is a comedy that tackles the subject of bullying, where a high school football player risks his popularity to help a "nerdy" friend from bullies—a one-time job that turns him into an anti-bullying superhero.
According to WDHS, the films enlisted the cooperation of a number of allies—including Fordson High School, where Becoming Charlie was filmed; Trenton High School, which loaned its football team's uniforms for Winnerman; DHS woodshop instructor Mr. Cialone, who helped WDHS students to build a bathroom set; and the City of Dearborn, which allowed the students to use a city-owned home set for demolition for the filming of a high-drama scene in Becoming Charlie.
The films will premiere May 8 and 9 in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. A Best of Show reel will also be shown, showcasing the best of other student’s projects made throughout the school year.