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June 9, 2014



Niskayuna High School's annual student film festival returns to the GE Theater @ Proctors in Downtown Schenectady for its' 13th Year.


poster for Short Cuts
- Designed by Nick Paquin

The Niskayuna High School Art Department presents the 13th anniversary edition of SHORT CUTS: a video celebration showcasing outstanding student films from the 2013-2014 school year on THURSDAY, JUNE 12th at 7 PM at the GE Theater @ Proctors.

Over 25 short films from students in Mr. Stephen Honicki's Studio in Video program will be screened as part of this 13th annual event - including award-winning entries from the Rod Serling Film Festival, People's Pixel Project, Capital Region Media Arts Festival, and the Catamount Arts' Green Mountain Film Festival.

In addition to the film viewing, the event will also include the SHORTY AWARDS - recognizing outstanding achievement in student short films by the students themselves.

This year's festival features the multi-award-winning short film, "A Noteworthy Production," created by Calvin O'Connor. O'Connor's stop-action short just received the prestigious "Best Animation" award at this year's Rod Serling Video Festival in Binghamton, NY, as well as receiving "Best in Show" award at this year's Capital Region Media Arts Festival. The short also received top honors at the 15th Annual High School Regional, the 23rd Annual Juried High School Regional at Fulton Montgomery Community College, and the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Federation of Women's Club.

"A Noteworthy Production" is Calvin's first foray into stop-action animation. The short film explores the concept of "artist's block" as a young filmmaker struggles to finish a video project. It is not until his workspace doodle comes to life that unexpected things begin to happen. This stop motion video took over three months to complete; including more than 500 Post-It notes and utilizing Photoshop for almost every single frame.

Also included in this year's line-up is "Making An Impression", a film by award winning filmmakers, Shea McGrinder and Michael Sise. "Making An Impression" is the coming of age story about a boy trying to shed a positive light on himself for a college interviewer. Little does he know that he is about to partake a journey into his inner self as he sits before the woman who might just have the power to decide his future. This short won the "Best Screenwriting" award at this year's Rod Serling Film Festival.

Other highlights of this year's event include the world premiere of "Rotten," the latest film from filmmakers, Victoria Aidala and Nicole Hawthorne. "Rotten" is a contemporary re-telling of the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with a twist!

Also included in the line up is award winning filmmaker, James Azzaretti's debut short - "A College Try." This short film tells the story of a teenage boy who has an internal debate as to where he wants to go to college after an awkward exchange with a classmate. The film was inspired by James' own dilemma about college and what he wants to do with his life as one must always write from their experiences. He hoped his film to accurately depict the struggle of high school students who must pick where they want to go to school and what they want to do with their lives. This film won the "Best Comedy" award at both the Capital Region Media Arts Festival and the Catamount Arts' Green Mountain Film Festival.

This year's event will be filled with creativity, innovation, and a few special surprises! SHORT CUTS 13 is FREE and open to the public. The GE Theater @ Proctors is located at 432 State Street in Schenectady, NY. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with the festival beginning at 7:00 PM.

This event is made possible by the generosity of Proctors Theater & the Niskayuna HS PTO.