Dearborn High video program premieres Emmy-Winning films

DEARBORN — WDHS Student Video invites the public to attend the premiere screening of its Emmy Award-winning student short films and other short film projects at 7 p.m. May 25 and 26 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Titles include, “The Clown Next Door,” “Lack of Color,” “Man’s Best Friend,” “Unexplainable Mysteries” and “No Strings Attached.”

“The Clown Next Door” won an Emmy and also won Best of Show in the Digital Arts Film & Television video competition this year.

“This piece is the quirkiest dark comedy to date, and one of the most unique films to come out of the WDHS program,” Dearborn High School Video Instructor Kurt Doelle said.

Advanced tickets — $7 — can be purchased by calling 313-827-1635. Tickets also are available online at for $8. Same-day tickets also will be available at the Ford Center for $9.

This year, students involved in the program won three Emmy Awards and were nominated for five others. Categories included Long Form, Public Service, Animation/Graphics, Directing, Editing and Cinematography.

The video program at DHS has a 30-year history and was created by now retired DHS teacher and founder of the legendary Grande Ballroom, Russ Gibb. The students write, shoot, cast, edit and promote these projects.