Sunday, September 13, 2015


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.