Friday, October 26, 2018

NFFTY TO FEATURE SHORTS BY BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS


Two short films by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been named Official Selections of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).  This competitive, international festival showcases outstanding work by filmmakers age 24 and younger.  NFFTY is a rare opportunity for high school students to share the spotlight with college students from our nation’s best undergraduate and graduate film schools.  NFFTY opens on Thursday, October 25 at the Uptown Cinemas and continues through the weekend there and at the Seattle Center.  

The Official Selections from Ballard couldn’t be more different.  Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck, and Aaron Mamaril shows how a stolen tool kit creates an intergalactic friendship.  On the Backs of Salmon by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins and Miles Whitworth recounts the struggle of the Elwha people to remove the dam that flooded their creation site and blocked the salmon essential for their way of life.  Both films will be shown on Sunday, October 28 at 11:30 am at the Uptown Cinema 1.   Tickets can be purchased online at www.nffty.org.

BHS also has a team competing in the 48-hour Film Off.  Teams from high schools across the country had two days to produce a short from start to finish.  The winner (selected in part by the audience) will win funds for their school’s production program.  Ballard’s team consists of Liam Bonds, Saia Dugan, Brendan Hickey, Jasper Laur and Marley Rankin,   You can watch the films – and cast your vote – at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 27 at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall.

In addition to screenings and awards, NFFTY includes a Future of Film Fair featuring representatives of various college programs for film and television and a variety of media businesses.  The event includes Film Career Day, a series of informative lectures and discussions coordinated by the City of Seattle in partnership with NFFTY.  For a complete schedule of events, show times, and ticket information, visit www.nffty.org.


NFFTY itself was the brainchild of Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking alumnus Jesse Harris (’04).  Harris made history in 2004 when Living Life, the feature film he had written and directed as a senior project, was purchased by FilmMates and given a theatrical release.  (It opened in Seattle in April, 2005.)  The festival was co-founded by Harris and Kyle Seago (’07) – a Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking student at the time.  A growing list of sponsors and partners paved the way for this thirteenth annual event.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

BALLARD FILM STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL AWARDS FROM ACADEMY


When the envelopes were opened at Emerson College in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that students from Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program had won three National Student Production Awards.  

Best Short Form Non-Fiction film went to On the Backs of Salmon, by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins, and Miles Whitworth.  The documentary is about the struggle of the Elwha people to remove the dam that flooded their creation site and blocked the salmon essential to their way of life.  The students produced the film for IMAX, and it premiered at the United Nations’ World Environment Day.  Best Short Form Fiction film and best Editing went to Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek and Bailey Wall.  Set in an alternate reality, it concerns a dealer in stolen emotions who has a crisis of conscience.  It premiered at the All American High SchoolFilm Festival in New York City last fall. 

This is the third year NATAS has given student awards at the national level, and the third year Ballard film students have been among the winners.  Only a minority of regional winners from 19 Academy chapters across the country are nominated at the national level.  In addition to the 3 winners, Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking students were also nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction film (Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted and Freeman Marshall), best Writing (Richard, writing by Wylie Soltes) and best Audio/Sound (Paul, Dark, and Handsome, audio by Cole Kastner).  The films were judged by members of the Academy.  All the honored Ballard films can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

For more information, and to screen the awards presentation, visit http://emmyonline.com/nationalstudent.

All of Ballard’s honored productions were first screened at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF).  The next BFF will be on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

ACADEMY NOMINATES BALLARD STUDENTS FOR NATIONAL PRODUCTION AWARDS


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has nominated students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for six National Student Production Awards.  Members of the Academy selected the nominees from regional winners produced by students throughout the nation. 

Altogether, nine productions by students in the Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska) were nominated for national awards.   

The awards will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Thursday, October 18 at noon, and will be hosted by television personality Tom Bergeron, star of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  You can view the presentation at https://www.facebook.com/TheEmmys .

Ballard’s nominations reflect the diverse skills students learn in the program.  These productions can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.  Here are Ballard’s national nominations by category. 

Best Short Form Fiction Film:
Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall

Best Short Form Non-Fiction Film:
On the Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller

Best Long Form Non-Fiction Film:
Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall

Best Editor:
Bottled Emotions, Editing by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall

Best Audio/Sound:
Paul, Dark, and Handsome, Audio by Cole Kastner

Best Writer:
Richard, Writing by Wylie Soltes

Friday, September 28, 2018

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SCREEN FILMS BY BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


 Erik Stone in Doubts

Five films by 15 students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been selected to screen at the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City.  This competitive festival receives entries from high school filmmakers throughout the country as well as other nations.  The event runs October 5-8 at the Center for Social Innovation, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater.

Prestigious judges such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, producer/screenwriter Carlton Cuse, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott selected the films.  Official Selections are eligible for prizes presented at the Teen Indie Awards at the conclusion of the festival. 

Below, by category, are the Official Selections produced by Ballard’s film students:

COMEDY
Paul, Dark and Handsome by Miles Andersen, Ellie Dynes, Cole Kastner & Jesse Romero

DOCUMENTARY
Oso Strong by Freeman Marshall & Maddie Lausted

DRAMA
Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase & Aidan Jereczek 
Doubts by Liam Bonds, Zach Boone & Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas

EXPERIMENTAL
City’scape by Jonathan Bowers, Brendan Hickey & Gracie Morris

Sunday, June 10, 2018

BHS FILMMAKERS WIN BIG AT THE NW EMMY AWARDS


Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won seven High School Awards of Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 9.  

Best Long Form Non-Fiction film went to Oso Strong, a documentary about the deadliest landslide in US history by Maddie Lausted and Freeman Marshall.  

Best Short Form Non-Fiction film went to On the Backs of Salmon, a project the students produced for IMAX that tells the story of the Elwha Dam removal.  It was produced by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller.  

Best Short Form Fiction film went to Bottled Emotions, by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall.  

Best Writer went to Wylie Soltes for his work on Richard, the story of a growing friendship between a mechanic and an alien.  

Best Audio/Sound went to Cole Kastner for his work on Paul, Dark & Handsome.  

In the category of best Photographer/Editor, there was a tie between two Ballard productions, so the award went to Bottled Emotions (photography and editing by Zach Boone, editing by PJ Hase, Aiden Jereczek & Bailey Wall) and to City’scape (photography and editing by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers & Gracie Morris).  This is the seventh year in a row that Ballard students have won the award for best Photographer/Editor.

Many of the winners are can be screened on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents High School Awards of Excellence to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  Professional members of the Academy select the nominees and winners.  

New productions by students in Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program will premiere at the Ballard Film Festival on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.      

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DON'T MISS THE BALLARD FILM FESTIVAL


Everyone is invited to a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.  The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be on Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.  The screening will feature short comedies and dramas as well as Public Service Announcements and a few music videos.  (Click here to screen the festival promo.)  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.  All proceeds benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program.

Past films that had their premiere at the BFF have gone on to honors from prestigious national and international film festivals, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Many of these can now be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

BALLARD FILMMAKERS’ DOCUMENTARY FOR IMAX WILL PREMIERE AT SIFF


The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Building Solutions, a short documentary produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program, is an Official Selection.  The film will be screened as part of FutureWave Shorts – a SIFF program that highlights the best films from around the world created by filmmakers aged 18 and under. 

In the fall of 2016, representatives of IMAX, working with the All American High School Film Festival in New York, selected the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program to produce two short documentaries on environmental issues.  The goal was to encourage film students to use their talents to promote the environmental agenda of the United Nations.  Ballard’s filmmakers searched for compelling topics for this project.  One story that drew their attention was the development of the Living Building Challenge and the creation of the greenest commercial building in the world - the Bullitt Center in Seattle.  The result was Building Solutions.  The film was created by BHS Digital Film students Jonathan Bowers, Krystelle Kurz, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leake, Elliott Atkinson and Annabelle Bowman-Mohn. 

The FutureWave Shorts will screen at 3pm on Monday, May 28 at the SIFF Uptown Cinema.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.SIFF.net.