Welcome to the semi-multilingual website for A&W Productions. A&W exists as a student-run movie-making group that creates and produces original renditions of feature films along with a few original documentaries for school credit . The films themselves are acted out entirely in a foreign language (either German or French, depending) and are turned into a foreign language class for credit; initially this was done on a quarterly basis, but later productions have extended beyond this to semester projects or longer.
A&W Productions put out its first work in the school year of 2004-2005 under the direction of Andrew Chandler, beginning with two original documentaries for a German language class. That same year it produced its first foreign rendition of a preexisting movie, the first installment of The Lord of the Rings (largely following Peter Jackson's model). As these three productions were quarter projects, rumors circulated on the supposed existence of a "lost film" from this year, but these claims remain unverified.
A&W Productions continued into the next school year of 2005-2006 under new direction by Alex Locke, this year moving to a French class and focusing exclusively on foreign renditions of feature films. Three films were produced this year, two by the quarter and the last spanning the entire second semester. This last film was in fact a reworking of the previous year's German film of The Fellowship of the Ring.
A&W Productions entered its third consecutive year of existence under the direction of Weston Cundiff, assistant director of the past two years of production, and in this year it returned to the German language. Only a single project was released during the 2006-2007 school year, that being an original reworking of Apollo 13. The movie was produced over the course of three quarters, and, at nearly forty minutes long, it is the most extensive project to date.
Due to the graduations of many key members, A&W Productions became dormant over the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years. Almost all of its members are now attending various colleges across the United States. However, during Winter Break of 2008, all three former directors met and laid the groundwork for a final A&W film. In Summer of 2009, A&W Productions was revived and produced Tag, its first original film and the first film in English. It was released in the summer of 2009.
For a preview of the A&W film experience, you can watch the trailer for one of our most successful films, the French Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring.