Wednesday, December 02, 2015

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILM STUDENTS LEAD NATIONAL YOUNGARTS WINNERS IN CINEMATIC ARTS



Each year, the National YoungArts Foundation (www.youngarts.org) identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts.  This year, YoungArts received portfolio submissions from over 12,000 young artists nationwide – their most competitive year ever. These were evaluated through a blind adjudication process by a nationally and internationally renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists. The results, announced this month, identify four students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program as winners in Cinematic Arts - more than any other school save the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, which also had four winning film students.

Ballard’s winning filmmakers are Coleman Andersen, Leo Pfeifer, Sho Schrock-Manabe and Meagen Tajalle.  YoungArts winners receive cash awards, validation by renowned mentors, and opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs in Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.

Coleman Andersen (’15) achieved the highest possible YoungArts ranking – that of Finalist.  He had entered his dramatic short Stolen, which he produced with Leo Pfeifer during his senior year at BHS.  The short has previously won Best Drama prizes at the Chicago International Film Festival’s CineYouth event and the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.  It also won National Student Television Awards of Excellence for Short Form Fiction and Writing at the Northwest Emmy Awards last spring.  Coleman is currently a freshman in the film program at New York University. 

Leo Pfeifer, a senior at BHS, is a YoungArts Merit Winner for his documentary Clipped Wings, (produced with Coleman Andersen and Duncan Gowdy).  This examination of the ban on gays by the Boy Scouts of America has also seen festival success, including an Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, 1st Prize in the Documentary category at the 2015 Dominique Dunne Film Competition, and National Student Television Awards of Excellence for Best Long Form Non-fiction and Photographer/Editor at the Northwest Emmy Awards.  Leo plans to study filmmaking in college next year. 

Sho Schrock-Manabe (’15) is a YoungArts Merit Winner for his music video Hologram, (produced during his senior year at BHS with Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, and Jesse Romero).  The narrative music video contrasts the challenges of art and life.  It recently won Best of Show at the Eppfilms & Artistic by Design Center 2015 Film & Photography Showcase in Cleveland.  Sho is currently a freshman in the Creative Producing program at Chapman University. 

Meagen Tajalle, a senior at BHS, is a YoungArts Merit Winner for her documentary Raven Rock, (produced with Rachel Cole and Jaya Flanary).  The film examines a treatment program that pairs survivors of childhood abuse with rescued horses for mutual healing.  It was previously a winner at Fresh Film Northwest (a regional festival inviting competition from five Northwest states) and also took 2nd Prize in the Documentary category at the 2015 Dominique Dunne Film Competition.  Meagen plans to study filmmaking in college.

All these productions can be seen on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program's vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

BALLARD FILMMAKERS WIN AT FIVE-STATE FESTIVAL


Two short films by students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program were honored by Fresh Film Northwest.  This competitive regional festival is coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon.  It accepts entries from filmmakers ages 13 to 19 in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  This is the eleventh year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been among the winners. 

The music video Today, by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase and Bergen Johnson, was one of only a dozen films selected for the festival’s Winners Program.  Set to the song of the same title by The Lovely Static (a BHS band comprised of Percy Boyle, Jasper Cote, and Gus Meyer), the video contrasts the daily grind in an office cubicle with the wide world outside.  The visual story Anne, by Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary and Meagen Tajalle, received an Honorable Mention.  The short explores the importance of human connection for the elderly. 

A jury of filmmakers and educators screened nearly 100 entries from across the five- state region to select winners for the festival.  The winning films were screened at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium on November 14.  The Ballard shorts can now be seen online at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .

To see new work by BHS filmmakers, attend the Ballard Film Festival on Saturday, February 6 or Friday, February 26 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students.  All proceeds support students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BALLARD FILMMAKERS WIN BEST DRAMA AT NATIONAL FESTIVAL

Stolen - a film by Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking students Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer, won Best Drama at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.  The award was presented on Sunday, October 11 at the 2015 Teen Indie Awards in Manhattan’s historic Kings Theater. 

Pfeifer, a 4th year student in the Digital Filmmaking Program who plans to study film in college, travelled to New York to attend the festival.  Anderson (BHS ’15) is now a freshman studying film at New York University.  The two co-produced Stolen at BHS last fall.

It was a good night for the Ballard filmmakers.  In addition to Best Drama, Stolen was also a Finalist for Best Screenplay and Best Overall Film.  Clipped Wings - also by Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer, with Duncan Gowdy - was a Finalist for Best Directing, Best Documentary, and Best Overall Film.  The films were judged by a prestigious jury including professionals such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott.  

Air Pressure (again by Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer, with Josh Vredevoogd) was also an Official Selection of the festival.

Stolen questions the cost of revenge.  Clipped Wings tells the story of those most affected by the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay members.  Air Pressure examines the aftermath of a disaster at the Balloon Animal World Championships.  To see the films, visit the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram . 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

NATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SCREEN WORK BY BHS FILMMAKERS

Three productions by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been named Official Selections of the All American Film Festival.  The festival is the largest high school film festival in the world, and receives competition from high school filmmakers throughout the country.  The festival will run October 9 - 11 in New York City at Planet Hollywood, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater.  Films are evaluated by prestigious judges such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott.  Official Selections are eligible for awards in a number of categories.  Awards will be presented at the Teen Indie Awards event at the conclusion of the festival.
Ballard’s Official Selection in the Documentary category is Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer.  The film tells the story of those most affected by the Boy Scouts ban on gay members.  In the Drama category, Ballard students have two Official Selections.  Air Pressure (by Coleman Andersen, Leo Pfeifer, and Josh Vredevoogd) examines the aftermath of a disaster at the Balloon Animal World Championships.   Stolen (also by Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer) questions the cost of revenge.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SIFF PRIZE-WINNER SCREENS AT MORE FESTIVALS

Since winning the Grand Jury’s WaveMaker Award at the Seattle International Film Festival last June, Audio Input, the documentary short by Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips & Sho Schrock, has been sought out by other international festivals.  In July, it was an Official Selection at the Tumbleweed Film Festival.  Currently, it’s an Official Selection at the CineShift Film Festival in Anacortes, and it is also an Official Selection of the All Seas Film Festival - an online event coming up on September 24th.  The film explores the reasons and rewards of Seattle podcasters.

Media Coverage

YOUNG BLOOD: SEATTLE-AREA HIGH SCHOOL BOASTS AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKING PROGRAM (Media Inc., August 3, 2015)

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FILM ABOUT GEOFORCE PROGRAM WINS AT REGIONAL EMMY AWARDS CEREMONY (Alaska Business Monthly, June 10, 2015)

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BHS STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE (Media Inc., May 29, 2015)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Media Coverage

'BALLARD TOUCH' IS GETTING HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS NOTICED (The Seattle Times, January 2, 2014)

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BALLARD HIGH STUDENTS GO HOLLYWOOD AS BUDDING FILMMAKERS (Seattle P-I, January 11, 2007)

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GAMBLE PAYS OFF FOR YOUNG BALLARD FILMMAKER (The Seattle Times, April 7, 2005)




About the Digital Filmmaking Program

The Digital Filmmaking Program is part of the free public education at Ballard High School, and is open to BHS students of all grades.  Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students in the program have won hundreds of awards at regional, national, and international film festivals.  Based on their portfolios they have won honors from the National YoungArts Foundation and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (at the Northwest Emmy Awards) and consistently gained admission to prestigious college programs of film and television, sometimes with large scholarships and advanced placement.  (Recent program graduates have attended the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, Chapman University, Columbia College of Chicago, Emerson College, Loyola Marymount University, New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Southern California – all college programs ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as among the best for film and television production in the world.)

Some of the students have even made history.  Jesse Harris (’04) wrote and directed a feature film for his senior project.  The day he graduated, he learned that the LA-based FilmMates wanted to purchase the film for theatrical release.  (It opened in Landmark Theaters the following April.)  This makes Jesse the youngest person ever to write and direct a feature film that received multi-state theatrical release.  In 2007, Kyle Seago (’07) and Jesse Harris (’04) co-founded the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).  It has since become the largest youth film festival in the world.

The program provides professional production internships through a variety of media organizations and businesses, television shows, and feature films.  Numerous program alumni have gone on to careers in the industry: writing or producing series television programs in Los Angeles, producing music videos for major artists, directing commercials, working on the camera crew or art department of feature films, producing media for major corporations, or working as broadcast journalists.

Monday, June 08, 2015

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS SWEEP DOCUMENTARY PRIZES

Students from the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program swept both Documentary awards at the 2015 Dominique Dunne Film Competition.  The competition was one of the first events in the nation to showcase the work of young filmmakers and has attracted international entries.  It has a distinguished Advisory Board including producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (of The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films), actor/director Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours, The Good Wife) and producer/ director/actor Ed Sherin (Law & Order).  The competition awards only four prizes: two for Dramatic, and two for Documentary.  Only schools with outstanding film programs are invited to participate. 

Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer won First Prize in the Documentary category for Clipped Wings, an examination of the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.  Second Prize went to Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary and Meagen Tajalle for Raven Rock, a ranch that treats abused children through equine therapy.  The awards come with cash prizes.

Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer also received an Honorable Mention in the Dramatic Narrative category for their short film Stolen

To see the films, visit the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .

BALLARD FILM STUDENTS WIN GRAND JURY PRIZE AT SIFF

The Grand Jury of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) selected the short documentary Audio Input, by Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips & Sho Schrock, for the WaveMaker Award.  The prize was presented yesterday at the Golden Space Needle Awards, the culminating event of the festival.  The WaveMaker Award is given annually to the best film shown in the FutureWave screening.  This screening features the best shorts by filmmakers younger than 19 from around the world.  The jury selected the production “for its insightful and engaging portrait of podcasting, an audio art form, through a collage of interviews and images.” 


To screen Audio Input, visit the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .  

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS WIN BIG AT EMMY AWARDS

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Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won five High School Awards of Excellence at the regional Emmy Awards on June 5.  Coleman Andersen & Leo Pfeifer won the awards for Short Form Fiction and Writing for their film Stolen.  The drama concerns the price of revenge.  For their documentary Clipped Wings, Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer won the awards for Long Form Non-Fiction and Photographer/Editor.  (This is the fourth year in a row that the award for Photographer/Editor has gone to Ballard film students.)  Clipped Wings explores the impact of the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.  Finally, Leo Pfeifer and Raven Two Feathers won the Short Form Non-Fiction award for GeoForce: A Journey to Understanding.  This promotional documentary examines the strategies and success of a University of Alaska field geology program for rural youth.

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.  Students from the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners this year, taking awards in five of the six categories in which they had received nominations.      

The award winning productions can be screened on the program vimeo site at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS BHS FILMMAKERS



Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners at the Northwest High School Film Festival.  Twenty-five high schools were in competition for awards in twelve different production categories.  BHS film students won 15 awards and honors across seven categories.  The awards were presented, and the winners screened, at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle. 



The Northwest High School Film Festival is the largest and longest running festival for high school filmmakers in the Puget Sound region.  It is judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors.  In addition to awarding films, they identify promising filmmakers for college scholarships.  This year, BHS film students Coleman Andersen, Duncan Boszko, Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer & Meagen Tajalle all received $5,000 scholarship offers from festival sponsors Cornish College of the Arts and/or The Seattle Film Institute.  The event was organized by the Media Educators Excellence Team (MEET), an inter-district organization of high school media production teachers.  Additional sponsors Adobe, the Cinerama Theatre, Highline Community College, and Vulcan Enterprises helped pave the way for this 17th annual event.  For more information on the festival, visit www.nwhsff.weebly,org .



All the awarded Ballard productions initially premiered at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF).  This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester.  The next BFF will be on Friday, June 5 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.

 

Here are Ballard’s Northwest High School Film Festival winners by category:



AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE


Comedic Narrative

  Jones Ave

  Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary, Meagen Tajalle



Commercial

  Nerd!

  Bella Anderson, Jonny Cechony, Kaya Coleman-Harrison, Simon Gibson



Documentary

  Audio Input

  Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips, Sho Schrock



  Clipped Wings

  Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer



Dramatic Narrative

  Stolen

  Coleman Andersen, Leo Pfeifer



Educational

  A Trip to the Groovies

  Jaya Flanary, Sho Schrock



News/Sports Feature

  Full Effort on the Floor

  Duncan Gowdy, Hawk Ticehurst



Public Service Announcement

  Food Lifeline

  Duncan Gowdy, Zach Green, Leo Pfeifer



HONORABLE MENTIONS 
Comedic Narrative

  Fly Me to the Moon

  Miles Anderson, Jasper Cote, PJ Hase, Gideon Wolfe



  Practicing Parenthood

  Percy Boyle, Avery Davis, Duncan Kastner, Aaron Miller  



Commercial

  Blue Highway Games

  Brian Cropp, Lyric Gonzalez, Sid Johnson  



Documentary

  Delivering the Dream

  Julian Amrine, Lorenzo Rossi, Raven Two Feathers, Josh Vredevoogd



  Raven Rock

  Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary, Meagen Tajalle



Educational

  Spirit Week Announcement

  Will Erstad, Victoria O’Laughlin, Hawk Ticehurst



Public Service Announcement

  Membership

  Ruby Anderson, PJ Hase, Cameron Miller


Sunday, May 17, 2015

ACADEMY NOMINATES BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the High School Awards of Excellence. These awards celebrate the most outstanding student productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned eleven nominations, more than any other school or organization in the five-state region. The winners will be announced on June 6 at the 52nd Annual Regional Emmy Awards ceremony. Ballard’s nominations span six categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. These are the nominations by category.

Short Form Fiction:
Fly Me to the Moon by Miles Andersen, Jasper Cote, PJ Hase & Gideon Wolfe

Stolen by Coleman Andersen & Leo Pfeifer


Short Form Non-Fiction:
Audio Input by Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips & Sho Schrock-Manabe

GeoFORCE: A Journey to Understanding by LeoPfeifer & Raven Two Feathers

Raven Rock by Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary & Meagen Tajalle


Long Form Non-Fiction:
Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer


Public Service Announcement:
Food Lifeline by Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer & Zach Green

Membership by Ruby Anderson, PJ Hase & Cameron Miller


Photographer/Editor:
Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer


Writer:
Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer

Stolen by Coleman Andersen & Leo Pfeifer

This makes the ninth year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy. Last year they also received 11 nominations, and won the categories of Short Form Fiction and Photographer/Editor.

New productions by students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 5th at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

BALLARD FILM STUDENTS WIN BEST DRAMA AT CINEYOUTH

Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer won Best Drama in the junior division at the CineYouth Awards last Saturday night, May 9, at Columbia College Chicago. They won the prize for their short film Stolen.

CineYouth is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival. This annual film showcase celebrates shorts by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world. As winner of the prize for Best Drama, Stolen will screen in the CineYouth "Best of the Fest" at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival next October.

Both Andersen and Pfeifer are third year students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program. Andersen, a senior, will be continuing his film education at NYU next fall. Pfeifer, a junior, also plans to study filmmaking in college.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

BALLARD FILMS TO SCREEN AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS

Three productions by nine students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been chosen for screening at international film festivals this May.

Two of the productions will be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival. Raven Rock, by Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary & Meagen Tajalle is a documentary about a treatment program that pairs survivors of childhood abuse with abused horses for mutual healing. Stolen, by Coleman Andersen and Leo Pfeifer, is a dramatic short about the price of crime. Both films will be screened at the 11th annual CineYouth event, May 7 – 9. CineYouth is an annual youth film showcase celebrating short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world. For more information, visit www.cinemachicago.org/cineyouth/ .

Audio Input, by Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips & Sho Schrock, is an Official Selection of the Seattle International Film Festival. This short documentary explores the Seattle podcasting scene. It will be screened in the FutureWave Shorts program at SIFF on Monday, May 25. The FutureWave event features the best shorts by filmmakers younger than 18 years from around the world. For more information, visit www.siff.net/festival-2015 .

BALLARD FILMMAKERS WIN AT NFFTY

Students from Ballard High School's Digital Filmmaking Program took two prizes at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).

Lyric Gonzalez, Bergen Johnson, Leo Pfeifer, Stephanie Shao, and Meagen Tajalle took 1st Prize in the 48-Hour Film Off. This filmmaking competition gave teams of students from various high school production programs 48 hours to produce a short film that included a given line of dialogue (“It’s a state of mind.”), character (a pirate), and theme (see summer). The Ballard team created a mockumentary about an inept movie pirate. Their prize was a $1,500 donation to Ballard's Digital Filmmaking Program. BHS is now the only school ever to win the competition twice. (They received 2nd Prize last year, and won the competition last time in 2010.)

Ballard filmmakers Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer also won the Audience Award from NFFTY’s “Come as You Are” program of shorts films. Their winning short was Clipped Wings, a documentary about the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America. To see Clipped Wings and other productions from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program, visit www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram .

The winner of the 48-Hour Film Off will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 5 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NFFTY to Feature Shorts by Ballard High School Filmmakers

Three 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 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. This year NFFTY will feature 248 films from 30 states and 25 countries. Screeners made the selections from a pool of nearly 1,000 entries. NFFTY opens at the Seattle Cinerama Theater on Thursday, April 23 and continues through Sunday, April 26 at the Seattle Center.

These short films by Ballard High School film students have been selected for screening.

Air Pressure by Coleman Andersen, Leo Pfeifer & Josh Vredevoogd

Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer

Stolen by Coleman Andersen & Leo Pfeifer

BHS also has a team competing in the 48-hour Film Off. Teams from 10 high schools have 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 Lyric Gonzalez, Bergen Johnson, Leo Pfeifer, Stephanie Shao and Meagen Tajalle. You can catch the 48-Hour Film Off – and cast your vote - on Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 pm at the Uptown 1 Theater.

In addition to screenings and awards, NFFTY includes forums on filmmaking. For a complete schedule of events, show times, and ticket information, visit www.nffty.org.

NFFTY itself is 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, Kyle Seago (’07) – a Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking student at the time - and Jocelyn RC (Bellevue High School, ’07). A growing list of sponsors and partners paved the way for this ninth annual event.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKER WINS NATIONAL ARTS AWARD

The National YoungArts Foundation has awarded Coleman Andersen an Honorable Mention in Cinematic Arts in recognition of the “exceptional artistic achievement” evident in his work. The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts (motion picture). Coleman’s production was selected for honors from more than 11,000 submissions nationwide through a blind adjudication process by a nationally and internationally renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists.

A third year student in Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program, Coleman is no stranger to recognition. His short film Air Pressure, created with classmates Leo Pfeifer and Josh Vredevoogd, has already won awards at the Northwest High School Film Festival, Fresh Film Northwest, the Dominique Dunne Film Competition, and the Northwest Regional Emmy Awards. The short concerns a catastrophe at the World Balloon Animal Championships. His documentary Clipped Wings, created with classmates Duncan Gowdy and Leo Pfeifer, has also been a success at festivals and on YouTube, were it has received over 195,000 views. It explores the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.

A senior at BHS, Coleman has gained admission to some of the most competitive and prestigious college programs for film and television production in the country. Next fall he’ll be studying filmmaking at New York University.

This is the second year in a row that a student from Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program has been awarded by the YoungArts Foundation.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?


Lily Bennett (Class of 2012)

We live in a competitive culture, school is a competitive environment, and film is a competitive field. By the time I was a junior in high school, I already had a clear idea of how to pursue my goals, but I thought my chances of getting into a film school were slim at best. The path from high school to university appeared to be strict and concrete: must needed all-round outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements. But by the time I was a junior in high school, I'd not been able to tick off all those boxes. However, I had been able to tick off a few boxes of my own: a strong film portfolio containing official selections at regional, national, and international film festivals, and awards of excellence. I was worried, though. I thought "how much does a college really care about what I've done in a high school film program?"

In 2013 I was accepted into the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). AFTRS is the most rigorous film school in Australia. The schools application process judged on merit, meaning that a panel sat down and evaluated my work. Thanks to the portfolio of narrative shorts, documentaries, music videos, and PSAs that I had created over my four years in Lawrence's classes (as well as an Australian citizenship) I was able to get into my dream school! On my first day of class I realized I had some of the most experience among my classmates with story, camera, lights, and on-set safety. Now, just over a year later, I've worked on countless student productions, Production Assisted on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was a Costume Assistant on the feature film Mad Max Fury Road. This goes to show that one great opportunity leads to the next, and the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program is the first great opportunity. The work you produce in these classes will be valuable to you in the years ahead. I am so grateful to have been a part of such a program. It opened the doors to my greatest career goals.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BHS Films to be Featured at International Festival

Two films by students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program will be screened at the Seattle Children’s Film Festival this weekend. This year, the festival will screen 175 films from 58 different countries. Most of the films were produced by professionals, but all the films are aimed at children and their families. The festival will screen at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum through February 7.

The two Ballard films will be among 19 by young filmmakers to be featured in the Super Shenanigans: Films by Youth screening this Sunday, January 25 at 7 pm. Great Mime’s Think Alike (by Will Slater, Michael Vitz-Wong & Kiana Wyld) explores a turf war between two competing mimes. Air Pressure (by Coleman Anderson, Leo Pfeifer & Josh Vredevoogd) concerns a disaster at the World Championship Balloon Animal Competition. Both films have previously been honored by a variety of regional and national festivals.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nwfilmforum.org .