Aldine ISD hosted its first ever student independent film festival. The event has been in the planning for nearly 6 months and Friday night, April 8th it went off without a hitch. Nearly 30 students entered the film festival over the last 5 months but only the top three in each of two categories were shown. The event had two categories. The Narrative category were short films with stories and the documentary category. The night opened with an introduction to the film festival by Dr. Sara Ptomey, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She explained the origin of the film festival being a student asking a simple question, about why not? Dr. Ptomey introduced the two co hostesses for the evening. Akilah Willery, Program Director for instructional technology, and Grace Bui, Senior at Benjamin O. Davis Jr. High School.
The event started out with the narrative category and the showing of each film. There was a lot of anticipation in the audience while the first film played. Chris Zelaya’s film was the first to play. Chris is a senior at Davis High School looking to go into film after high school. His film was a short movie called Civil War, with a lot of action and special effects. The second film was by Kassidy Fajardo, a senior at Carver High School. Her film was Dark & Light and talked about the challenges and obstacles of life. And finally, the third film was Voice Mail, a film by Loc Nguyen, a senior at Eisenhower high school.
While this film festival was taking place, it was simultaneously being streamed via yout by the Davis Senior High School broadcast journalism students. These students manned the cameras, tri casters, and even doing interviews on the red carpet. (3A)Nguyen Bui helped to facilitate this broadcast through his support. Technology is integrated into everything we do and using these tools shows the power of integrating technology, arts, and curriculum.
The documentary category came next and the audience watched the top three contenders in that category. The first film up in this category was “Signs” a film about a sign shop located here in Houston directed by Luiz Diego Jimenez, a Senior from MacArthur High School. Second up for viewing was the documentary called “Life of A Runner”, by Oscar Martinez, who is a senior at MacArthur High School. Oscar brought his teammates and one of the coaches of the cross country team with him. The last film to be shown was the Life of Alendra David Neel by Hannah Omoruyi from Lewis Middle School
With all six films having been shown, it was time to announce the winners. As each envelope was opened, the winners came up on stage to receive their trophies and their prizes. Several vendors had provided wonderful prizes for the winners, ranging from tablets, to laptops. (4A)The winners in order of right to left, were Loc Nguyen Voice Mail, Kassidy Fajardo Light & Dark, and Chris Zelaya Civil War.
The documentary awards were to be announced next and in order from right to left were (5A). 3rd Place Hannah Omoruyi, the youngest film maker in the contest from Lewis Middle School. 2nd place was “Signs” by Luiz Diego Jimenez from MacArthur High School. And first place was “Life of a Runner” by Oscar Martinez, MacArthur High School. The final category for the evening was the people’s choice award. The films were all posted on you tube for viewing and voting for what was going to be “the people’s choice award”. With nearly 641 votes cast, Paola Cancino won with her film entitled “Teenager Taking On Motherhood”. (6A). The festival was a huge success. The date for the 2017 student film festival will be out soon.