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Story of awkward moments reach silver screen

"Weekend Hat" a feature film by Perpich art students debuts at Mall of America in Bloomington Wednesday May 29.

The 90-minute professional movie is led award-winning writer-director Adam Jacobs of Brooklyn Park, Minn. The piece was created and filmed at Perpich Arts High School in Golden Valley, where Jacobs is a senior in media arts.

It is a personal project, not a class assignment. Perpich senior theater arts student Luke Davidson of Wanamingo plays Jonathan Alexander, a socially awkward high school senior whose world changes over the course of a single weekend.

When Jonathon's new "weekend hat" is stolen, his quest to retrieve it leads him into the world of a criminal gang with unexpected dangers and intrigue.

He gets caught up in a world he's never been a part of, forcing him to become the person he needs to be.

Davidson and Jacobs are high school seniors. In addition to Davidson, the actors are mostly from the arts high school's theater program.

The soundtrack is provided by bands whose primary members are students in the school's music program.

In addition Perpich staff and faculty contributed to the Rockethub campaign for "Weekend Hat."

"Perpich was instrumental," Jacobs said. "The amount of talent here is amazing. I couldn't have made this movie anywhere else. I didn't have to search for talent like Luke. He was right here. And because I go to school with amazing classmates, we're getting an incredible soundtrack that other independent movie producers would die for."

Davidson is the co-author, with Jonathon Horn, of a one-act musical play, "Biggar and Bulgar's Circus of Terror," performed as part of the final Perpich theater program the first week of May.

Jacobs has won some notable awards for his work at Perpich. He received the award for Best Comedy at this year's international Cineyouth Film Festival for "Hank," starring himself and co-written and co-directed by him and Lukas Sorensen, another Perpich media arts student, from Independence.

"Hank" will play at the Chicago International Film Festival in October.

Perpich Arts High School is an innovative, arts-based program that serves 11th- and 12-grade students from throughout the state.

As a kickoff for the careers of all involved, the movie is having a premiere at the Theaters of Mall of America complex at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 29. Tickets are $10.

You can catch a trailer of the movie on YouTube.