See how students interpret current affairs during the first PANc Film Festival at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York.

The public is invited to view films created by Central York High School students during the May 28 event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

"The kids have gotten a filmmaking 101 crash course while trying to develop and write these original stories and screenplays," said Greg Wimmer, a social studies teacher at Central York High School.

Wimmer teaches a global studies course that looks at modern-day issues in countries around the world. This spring, he assigned a new project.

The 10th-graders in his class chose topics and regions of the world to focus on. Then, they analyzed the history and background of selected issues. Students were required to connect with community organizations related to their topics.

For the second stage of the project, students teamed up and created a storyline for where their issues of study -- from healthcare to human rights -- will be 15 years in the future.

Students have used those screenplays to work on short films. They've gotten help from professionals, including Jason Plotkin of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, to complete the projects, Wimmer said.

Wimmer reached out to community organizations, which helped create the film festival.

"The Strand was gracious enough to work with us, and Think Loud sponsored some of the cost," Wimmer said.

The festival will feature 11 titles. For details about the event, visit