Saturday, May 03, 2008


Seven short productions by Ballard High School video students have been named Official Selections of the Westport Youth Film Festival. The shorts are “Playdate” by Ilsina Nazarova, Reed Stevens & Kevin Vitz-Wong; “4th Floor” by Coburn Erskine, Sami Kubo & Nolan O’Connor; "Brotherly Love" by Colin Colebrook, Mohamed Kassim & Devon Rensberger; “Shoulda Voted” by Will Livesley-O’Neill, Will Pierce & Kristin Yeasting; “Let Kids be Kids” by Oliver Brossmann, Sami Kubo & Matt Law-Phipps; "Conscious Consumption" by Coburn Erskine, Diana Federighi & Lilah Horwitz; and “SDA” by Justin Amorratanasuchad, Colin Colebrook & Jacob Fabian. The festival begins May 10.

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”. For more about WYFF, visit

Ballard High School students distinguished themselves by having work in three different areas of festival competition: Drama, Comedy, and Public Service Announcement. All 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, May 30 at 7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation.