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September 22, 2014

NHS student films to be featured at international festival

Since 1994, Children's Media Project has taught young people to take full creative license of the conception and realization of various media projects. The Poughkeepsie organization will celebrate 20 years of education on Saturday, September 27, with its second annual Reel Expressions Film Festival. Over 100 youth-produced films were submitted from around the world, and the festival will showcase 13 of them—each less than 10 minutes.

Of the thirteen short films selected to be part of this international youth film festival, three Niskayuna High School students from Stephen Honicki's Studio in Video and Advanced Video classes were selected to have their short films screened.

What: Reel Expressions Film Festival

Where: The Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014. 5:00pm-8:30pm

Price: $10.00 for adults

The festival will feature youth-produced films – narratives, animation, experimental and documentary – from both local youth and others from across the country. This year's event promises to bring together a diverse representation of youth-produced films, from both newcomers to the craft, as well as established young artisans.

This is a juried festival which offers a grand prize of $500 to the film that most captures the jury's attention, as well as prizes for the "best of genre" and "local best" categories! After the show there will be a filmmaker Q&A with some of the youth filmmakers.

The following student films from NHS are being showcased at this year's event:

  • A College Try – James Azzaretti
  • A Noteworthy Production – Calvin O'Connor
  • Blank – Jordan Whittemore

In addition to the selected films being screened the night of the festival, they will be included in Children's Media Project youth produced television show, DROP TV, which airs on local access stations across the world!

If you are unable to attend the festival, you may view the entries – plus other outstanding films - from Niskayuna High School students on the "NHSshortcuts" channel on YouTube:

For more information on Reel Expressions and Children's Media Project, check out the organization's official website at