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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –A group of local teenage girls are receiving some priceless on the job training. They're making an hour-long documentary on life in the Congo.

And that training is coming from a veteran actor who lives right here in southwest Georgia These girls are learning to write, shoot video and edit.

They're receiving tips from an industry insider who's career in film and TV date back to the 70's. And they're doing this without any grants or help.

Ralph Wilcox is their teacher. And his passion for the next generation is the reason behind this program. These are some high school girls that didn't take a summer break.

"Camera, lights, sound, make up, script writing and there working on a documentary," said Ralph Wilcox. The girls are using video from the Congo mixed with video of the Flint River.

"It's really like we're making it and we're so young making a movie," said 10th Grader Anika Grant. But Wilcox says it's important to teach the next generation.

"And no one paid me to come to southwest Georgia. It's been a struggle but these days young people need a voice. And I think media gives that opportunity," said Wilcox.

"It's exciting that something all of us are coming together on and there's a possibility that everybody's gonna see it," said 10th grader Jamilia Williams.  

And Jamilia can actually see herself using everything she's learned."Filming, whether it's music or movies, producing, and direction whatever I can do I see myself doing it," said Williams.  

And the icing on the cake is receiving working knowledge from Veteran Actor Ralph Wilcox. Some of his TV credits are Good Times, In the Heat of the Night and 70's hit Maude.

"I actually saw him on Good Times and it was like, that's Mr. Wilcox. I didn't recognize him,"  said Williams. This is just one of many needed outlets for kids in southwest Georgia.

And this year they had 15 students participate. And the girls came from at least five different counties to take part in the action.

Once the girls finish the documentary, They plan to shop it around and find a home possibly on the National Geographic Channel. ©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback

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