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Ed Foundation Spotlights Nine Student Films at the 3rd Annual Millburn Film Fest

Credits: Submitted by Kyle Farscht
Credits: Submitted by Ethan Stupp
Credits: Submitted by Nicole LaChance
Credits: Submitted by Jasen Aziz
Credits: By Jeremy Hochman
Credits: Submitted by Max Retic
Credits: Submitted by Alex DeRosa
Credits: Submitted By Hannah Geller
Credits: Submitted by Emma Quong

MILLBURN, NJ - The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills is putting students in the spotlight again this year and will be showcasing nine winning films at the Millburn Film Fest.  The Red Carpet Premiere is made possible thanks to our Academy Award Sponsors Towne Realty Group and New York Film Academy, and Studio Sponsor The Gonnella Team  and will be on Thursday, April 10th, 7 p.m. at Millburn High School.  The Red Carpet will open at 6:30 p.m. and attendees will be treated to a paparazzi entrance as photographers take their photo on the red carpet.  The community is invited to view nine short family friendly films Millburn students have created, walk the red carpet, take home a complementary photo, and exit the event to a fanfare.  Tickets are available online at Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills on Eventbrite.

This year we will be screening "Connected", "Cowboys of Chincoteague", "Dream", "iShrink", "Life in 5 Short Chapters", "My Second Home", "Voodoo", "Written", and "Zeitgeist Productions Presents".  You can view the trailer of the films on ▶ 2014 Millburn Film Fest Trailer - YouTube The top film will be given a New York Film Academy one week scholarship to summer film camp and a submission fee waiver for the Fall 2013 New Jersey Film Festival held at Rutgers, and the top two films will receive gift cards to B&H Photo $250 for 1st place and $100 for 2nd place provided by Jodi Daley of West End Productions NY.

Hannah Geller, Millburn High School senior, submitted, directed and filmed “Connected.”  Connected is an age-old love story with a modern twist.  This original story is written by senior Alana Yeager and co-edited by Hannah and Alana.  It stars MHS junior, Daniela Kaplun, MHS seniors  Charles Zhang, Jacob Krol, Jorge Solodkin,  and Stephanie Cabrera, as well as Ben Reydel and Haya Taitel.

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The documentary “Cowboys of Chincoteague” takes you on a journey through an American pass time in which a heard of wild horses are led by modern day cowboys.   Ethan Stupp captures the beauty of the horses through his cinematography.  The film is written and edited by senior Ethan Stupp and co-directed with senior, Dylan Leslie.

Millburn Middle School 6th grader, Alex DeRosa, makes her film fest debut with a stop action/claymation film “Dream.” “Dream” is about a two-dimensional figure that wants to add another dimension to his unhappy life.  Alex wrote, directed, filmed, edited and is the artist that brought this film to life.  “Dream”  also stars her sister Charlotte DeRosa.

“iShrink” is a wonderful special effects film about the adventures of a boy who has a smart phone and gets his hands on the wrong app.  Sophomore, Jasen Aziz, not only wrote, directed, filmed, and edited “iShrink”, he is also the film’s star.  His sister Mariam Aziz also stars in the film.

“Life in 5 Short Chapters,"  a film by MHS junior Emma Quong, displays the internal struggles of three individuals. Inspired by true events, the film explores the stages of overcoming self-conflicts, while in search for ultimate liberation and inner peace.  It stars MHS junior Anna Antselevich, MHS senior Bradley Bun, MHS teacher David Drechsel and film creator Emma Quong.

 In “My Second Home,” Jeremy Hochman conveys the emotional warmth that emanates from the Adirondack region to which he travels every summer, warmth that persists even through the enveloping snowfall of the winter months.  Sophomore, Jeremy Hochman co-wrote this cinematographic essay with his brother Josh who is a senior at MHS.

Max Retik’s film, “Voodoo,”  follows an imaginative young girl that brings magic to her playtime.  Retik, MHS junior, includes special effects in his film that he wrote, directed, filmed, and edited.  The film stars his sister Lia and cameo of his sister Ellie.

A girl finds a mysterious notebook that can make anything she writes come true.  Find out if she really gets what she wants in the film “Written.”  MMS 7th grader, Kyle Farscht, filmed, directed, and edited the film and co-wrote it with Jessie Yeager.  The film stars fellow 7th graders Jessie Yeager, Catherine Shea, Renee Nubel, Darcy Gruer, Matthew Green, Ben Schonhorn, Daniel Moore, Will Cerulli, and 5th grader Taylor Farscht.

Seniors collaborated to make “Zeitgeist Productions Presents” a hilarious comedy. The film was submitted by Nicole LaChance. She co-wrote & co-stared in the film with Claire Denson, Meri Scheiner, David Gould, Sam Curtis, and Mary Collins.  Cinematographers on the film were Nicole, Meri & Caire and Nicole & Meri directed and edited the film.

The selection of films was chosen by this years judging panel:  Cathy Scorsese, Frank Meo, Yale Chasin, Trish Gonella-Russo, Kerry Glass, and members of the Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee: Laraine Brennan-Barach, Andrew Permison, Amy McGovern, Donna Davis and Kathi Hecht.  

If you can’t make it to the Red Carpet Premiere on Thursday, April 10th  join us at the daytime encore performance on Wednesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at the Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema.   See you at the movies!


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