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Chicago Teen Tech Center Students Become Hollywood Filmmakers

Students from the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Chicago spent a week on set helping to film a Hollywood movie. Now, they can see the result of their work from their own living room.  

Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission, a sci-fi family adventure starring Steve Guttenberg, is now available on DVD and digital and on-demand platforms. The movie is part of the Fresh Films teen filmmaking program supported by Best Buy.

Students at the Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl, a nonprofit cultural arts center, experimented with green screens and learned how visual effects are created as they filmed some of the movie’s most complex scenes.

Participating in the filming of a Hollywood movie not only brought the cool factor, but it also showed the students what careers are possible through technology. That’s one of the goals of Best Buy Teen Tech Centers. They’re places where underserved teens can develop critical tech skills through hands-on activities.

Best Buy partnered with Fresh Films to bring Hollywood movies to select Best Buy Teen Tech Centers as part of filmmaking camps. During these camps, teens recreate a scene from the movie while learning the fundamentals of filmmaking.

Not only did the movie bring an amazing learning experience for teens, but 100 percent of the proceeds from Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission will go to support more youth and educator film programs, teacher technology grants and student scholarships.


Slots are still open for camps at Teen Tech Centers in Dallas and San Marcos, California. Visit fresh-films.com/FEATURE to learn more. For more Best Buy for Good stories, follow us on Twitter @BestBuyCSR.