I'm one of those stragglers, the kind who stays in her seat after the movie ends to watch the long list of credits as it rolls swiftly up the screen.
It's not that I'll know any of the people listed, except by reputation. Could be my way of recognizing that it takes an astounding number of people to create a film?
I'm guessing that youth pastor Joe Brown, director of a "Making Movie Makers" film camp this weekend at Heritage Bible Church, is well aware of the process. Except that his students do it all in less than 18 hours under the guidance of experts who work in the industry.
"This is a whole new style of learning with a team approach from script to screen," Brown said.
"We'll have two or three Hollywood professionals to help the kids learn to produce a mini-movie from the start."
On Friday evening the students will be divided into groups of eight to 10 and work together to come up with an idea and a preliminary script. On Saturday morning they'll view story- boards, choose the actors and decide on the location for the film.
"Then they'll go outside and shoot it, come back and edit it -- we have all the equipment at the church," he said. "After dinner we screen the projects, and they are critiqued and evaluated."
Each film runs about two minutes, and students range in age from 14 to 24.
"It's almost like an infomercial -- you know those things you see around midnight on TV," he said. "But what (students) are doing is not a commercial."
Brown, executive director of the Christian Youth Film Society, noted that the camp is an independent activity of the organization.
He and another youth pastor, Chuck Adkins, founded the society in 1994.
His hope is that the camp experience will encourage students to produce a longer film on their own and enter it in the annual Christian Youth Film Festival on March 2 at the Fox Theater. The event is patterned on the glitz and glamour of the annual Oscars' celebration in Hollywood.
"It's real dressy -- the kids arrive in ball gowns and tuxedoes and there's a red carpet," he said. "And for 10 minutes they're stars on the biggest screen in Kern County."
It's still possible to register for the camp by calling the church. The $65 fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as snacks and a workbook.
Fairfax Grange dance
To help allay the cost of maintaining the Fairfax Grange Hall, a group of ballroom dancers is inviting the public to join them in a fundraiser on Saturday evening.
"Having the Grange building for our club to use is a real blessing," said grange master Claudine Kephart. "The state owns the building, but we have to support the building."
This is the seventh annual fundraiser for the club, which also hosts Friday-night dances throughout the year.
Kephart said an average of about 30 attend each week -- many are singles -- ranging in age from 18 to 90. Recorded music is provided by Dennis Acosta.
Outside organizations are welcome to rent the Grange for regularly scheduled or occasional events, Kephart said. Rates are $40 an hour with a $350 refundable deposit.
Use of the kitchen is an extra $250.
Possibly because the Grange has a hardwood floor, the local chapter of National Smooth Dancers usually holds a dance on the fourth Saturday of every month.
And professional instructors Dan Goss and Robert Allgeyer teach beginning to advanced-level ballroom dancing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Kephart, 79, is a member of Smooth Dancers as well as the resident club.
"I started lessons about 10 years ago," she said, listing the cha-cha, bolero, rumba and waltz as her favorites. "It takes your mind off everyday stuff, and it's fun."
Under the Harvest Moon
Diane Hopkins, co-chair of the M.A.R.E. facility's annual fall fundraiser, said the theme for the Saturday-night event came naturally.
"We knew it would be a full moon and we wanted to bring in more families," she said. "So this year it's more geared to kids, and children get in for half-price."
Among the planned attractions are a roping station where party-goers can try to rope a plastic steer head, a sack race and opportunities to go into the barn and visit the horses.
"After all, without horses there would be no M.A.R.E.," said DebbyKate Kroeger, volunteer coordinator.
"All of the horses provide different kinds of therapy -- each one has different strengths, different strides."
M.A.R.E., which stands for Mastering Abilities Riding Equines, is located about six miles west of Cal State Bakersfield, via Stockdale Highway and Nord Road. It was established in 1992 and is a member of P.A.T.H, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.
"We (serve) people with physical and mental handicaps, and sometimes it's spinal injuries, " Hopkins said. "The youngest we've ever had was 3 and the oldest was about 83."
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for operating costs, which includes two veterinarian exams every year for each horse.
A concert on Friday in Tehachapi will feature the father-son duo of Tim and Myles Thompson, from Nashville, plus four local musicians.
A string quartet made up of members of the Tehachapi Symphony and the Tehachapi POPS orchestra will accompany the guest artists on a few of their original tunes.
"We're all thrilled and honored to be playing with the Thompsons," said cellist Deborah Hand. "The music is beautiful, glorious -- a mix of jazz and Celtic, and totally infectious. It should appeal to everyone."
The concert is sponsored by Fiddlers Crossing and will be held at St. Jude's in the Mountains Anglican Church.
CSUB art exhibit
An exhibit that involves hearing as well as seeing is on display at the Todd Madigan Gallery through Nov. 9
Titled "Abstraction (Sound and Vision)," it is made up of sound pieces and paintings chosen because they are generated from a particular sound or event, said Joey Kotting, curator of the gallery at Cal State Bakersfield.
"The hope is to create dialogue between these disparate works," he said, "allowing the sound pieces to be seen in the same vein as the paintings and vice versa."
The exhibit includes the work of 10 artists.