Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ballard Filmmakers Score at International Festival

June 2007

Six short films by Ballard High School video students were Official Selections of the Westport Youth Film Festival last weekend. The films were “Bittersweet” by Coburn Erskine, Becca Rice, Devan Sizemore & George Westberg, “Ave Rats” by Clinton Carucci, Ian McKagan & Mixtli Zavaleta; “Slave to the Needle” by Emily McVicker, Lars Phillips & Becca Rice; “Soccer Dads” by Coburn Erskine, Devan Sizemore & George Westberg, “Blindsided” by Kyle Seago, Jordan Stead & Dylan Pharaoh-Whitney, and “Chasing Game” by Matt Hess, Graham Milgate & Jordan Stead.

Westport, Connecticut, is home to many New York film professionals, and the festival, in association with the Westport Arts Center, is designed to provide an outlet for young filmmakers to share their work in a professional environment and receive constructive criticism from a combination of peers and professionals. The festival screens “the best international and national high school and middle school films”. The Independent Film Channel is the primary sponsor of the event. For more about WYFF, visit

Ballard High School students distinguished themselves by having work in three different areas of festival competition: Drama, Comedy, and Documentary. Some of these honored productions will be screened in the BHS auditorium at a showing of work by students in the BHS Video Production Program on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation.