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Signal-to-Noise Festival returns Thursday

School district exhibition and awards celebrate student films, video games and interactive exhibits

COURTESY BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT - These are some of the winners from last year's Signal-to-Noise Festival. The event comes around again Thursday evening, May 26.The Beaverton School District and its Future Ready team are presenting the 11th-annual Signal-to-Noise Festival from 5 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday (May 26) at Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 N.W. Cornell Road.

Signal-to-Noise is a celebration and exhibition of films, video games and interactive exhibits, all created by students in kindergarten through grade 12.

A 7 p.m. awards ceremony will recognize winners from 223 entries in film and interactive categories from elementary, middle school and high school students around the district.

Also, for the first time, finalists in all categories can be viewed at the festival website, signaltonoisefestival.com.

The exhibition runs 5-7 p.m. and includes demos and activities including the Future Bus, Lego Robotics, Oculus Rift, Little Bits and an augmented reality sandbox.

The popular “Director’s Notes” returns, where host Kevin Bennett, film teacher at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, will moderate conversations with students about their experience making films.

Previous Signal-to-Noise winners include Jordan Thierry, award-winning director of The Black Fatherhood Project (www.blackfatherhoodproject.com) and Tyler St. Pierre, producer of “God Save The Mob,” a film that earned him a prestigious internship in the American Student Pavilion at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.