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June 3, 2015

Niskayuna High School's annual student film festival returns to the GE Theatre @ Proctors in Downtown Schenectady for its 14th Year.

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Screen  capture from "Believe" by Evan Pritchard.


The Niskayuna High School Art Department presents the 14th anniversary edition of SHORT CUTS: a video celebration showcasing outstanding student films from the 2013-2014 school year on SUNDAY, JUNE 7th at 1 PM at the GE Theatre @ Proctors.

Over 25 short films from students in Mr. Stephen Honicki's Studio in Video and Advanced Studio in Video program will be screened as part of this 14th annual event - including award-winning entries from the People's Pixel Project, Capital Region Media Arts Festival, Fulton-Montgomery Community College High School Regional along with entries from the Rod Serling Video Festival, Reel Expressions Film Festival and the Ballston Spa 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, Forget Me Not, created by Alta Fox. Fox's short earned "Outstanding Narrative Drama" this year's Capital Region Media Arts Festival. The short also received top honors at the 24rd Annual Juried High School Regional at Fulton Montgomery Community College, and the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Federation of Women's Club.

"Forget Me Not" is Alta's first foray into filmmaking. The short film explores the memories a woman experiences while grocery shopping. The fragrance from a bottle of laundry detergent triggers her travel back in time. This film was inspired by a true-life incident. The film stars Val Luttman, Steve Fletcher, and Delcy Fox. "Forget Me Not" has the distinction of being the first student production screened at "Short Cuts" that includes an actor from the Screen Actors' Guild. Steve Fletcher who plays the "Grandfather" starred in the ABC-TV daytime series, One Life to Live from 1978 – 1986. His other TV credits include Another World, Dark Shadows (1991), Another World, along with the feature films, Dorian Blues and The Skeptic.

Also included in this year's line-up is "Grand Bazaar", a film by award winning filmmaker, Metin Ozisik. This film had its' World Premiere at the Proctors Media Festival last month. "Grand Bazaar" takes a look at the largest covered shopping center and the most-visited tourist attraction in the world. This documentary is both a personal story and a cinematic journey. It is also the first student film from Niskayuna High School to be entirely filmed in another country – Turkey. Metin's other film credits include, "Just Shoe It" and "St. Baldrick's Event".

Other highlights of this year's event include the premiere of "Believe", the first film from filmmaker, Evan Pritchard. "Believe" tells the story of a magician who reflects upon how magic has weaved in and out of his life. It is these memories that help him reignite his own passion for the art. In a situation where Art imitates Life, Mr. Pritchard is a master slight-of-hand artist who has been mesmerizing students throughout the hallways of Niskayuna High School with his card tricks.

Also included in the line up is the latest film by last year's "Most Promising Young Filmmaker" Shorty award winning filmmaker, James Azzaretti. The buzz is that Azzaretti's film will be the most talked about film of the year!

This year's event will be filled with creativity, innovation, risk-taking and a few special surprises! SHORT CUTS 14 is FREE and open to the public. The GE Theatre @ Proctors is located at 432 State Street in Schenectady, NY. Doors open at 12:30 PM, with the festival beginning at 1:00 PM.

This event is made possible by the generosity of Proctors Theatre & the Niskayuna High School PTO.

To view some of the films from this year's line-up, checkout out the NHSshortcuts YouTube channel at