Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ballard Filmmakers in SIFF

Two shorts by Ballard filmmakers have been selected for FutureWave. This special program of the Seattle International Film Festival includes the best of young people’s filmmaking from across the country. SIFF describes FutureWave shorts as “exciting, challenging, and inspiring.” Included will be “Claudio the Magnificent” by Bridget Berg, Lilah Horwitz, and Will Livesley-O’Neill, and “4th Floor” by Coburn Erskine, Sami Kubo, and Nolan O’Connor. The shorts will be screened at the Egyptian Theater of Capitol Hill on Saturday, June 7 at 4:00 p.m. and will include Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at

Sunday, April 13, 2008

National Video Festival Features Films by BHS Students

Three works by Ballard High School Video Production students have been named Official Selections by the national Images of Youth 2008 Video Festival. “Unplugged”, by Del Brummet, Diana Federighi & Kaelan Gilman, is a short film about a boy whose world changes when his i-Pod dies. “Shoulda Voted”, by Will Livesley-O’Neill, William Pierce & Kristin Yeasting, is a Public Service Announcement for the League of Women Voters. The short film “Brotherly Love”, by Colin Colebrook, Mohamed Kassim & Devon Rensberger, explores the complex communication between two brothers. Each of these producers will be recognized with a certificate for Outstanding Video Production. A group of youth judges also met this weekend to select several of the videos for special cash prizes, to be presented at the festival.

The Images of Youth Video Festival is a project of Action for Media Education, a Seattle-based non-profit organization. The festival will be presented at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Avenue South, Seattle) on Friday, April 25th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Each of the honored productions will also be screened at The Showing on Friday, May 30th at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Ballard Filmmakers Win National Awards

Sunday, March 30, 2008
Two short films by students in the Ballard High School Video Production Program were award winners at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). The festival featured 73 films from across the country by filmmakers 21 and younger. Many of the featured works were produced by students from such prestigious schools of film & television as the University of Southern California, New York University, and Emerson College, so there was no shortage of competition!

“Spaced Out” by Justin Amorratanasuchad, Mike Hipp and Devon Sizemore won the Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film. This short concerns one boy’s increasingly ominous struggle with MySpace. A jury of twelve filmmakers, including industry professionals and youth, determined the award together. “The End is Near” by Will Livesley-O’Neill, Vange Spracklin and Ben Steiner won the Audience Choice Award for Best High School Filmmaker. Their short documents a day in the life of a high school senior so frantic to finish his college application that he fails to notice an impending nuclear holocaust. Both shorts will be screened again at The Showing on Friday, May 30, at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 for the Video Production Program.