Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ballard Film Students Win Regional Festival

July 2007

Two productions by students in the BHS Video Production Program are among the winners of the 31st Annual Young People’s Film & Video Festival. The winners are the short films “Nice Touch” (about the power of music to bring people together) by Alec MacLurg, Ben Steiner & Kevin Vitz-Wong, and “Tile M for M-U-R-D-E-R” (about a deadly serious game of scrabble) by Michael Gore, Sami Kubo, and Kyle Seago.
This competitive festival accepted entries from students in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Alaska, and Washington. It was coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon, and sponsored by Comcast. Submissions were judged for their storytelling, originality, artistic merit, technical achievement, and investigation of subject matter by a jury of educators and film professionals.
Winning productions will be shown at an awards ceremony Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park, Portland, Oregon). The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend. The program will run approximately 120 minutes.
Last year, Ballard High School students had three winning productions in the festival. One of these, “Bittersweet”, went on to win an Award of Excellence at the Northwest High School Film Festival and a student Emmy at the Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.