West Essex HS to Host Film Festival; David Chase to Speak

David Chase on the set of Not Fade Away Credits: Barry Wetcher / Paramount Vantage

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The public is invited to hear “The Sopranos” creator David Chase, a West Essex alum, speak about his work at the West Essex High School Film Festival on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the high school. West Essex High School is located at 65 West Greenbrook Road, North Caldwell

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West Essex High School, located at 65 West Greenbrook Road, North Caldwell   Credit: Google Maps 

The film festival is dedicated to showcasing films made by West Essex High School students and other area high school students. The best films out of the 45 that were submitted will be shown at the festival and are all 10 minutes or less in length. The festival will feature an evening of films, celebrity speakers, Q&A’s, and networking. Chase is expected to attend, speak about his work and answer audience questions. Emmy Award winner and four-time-nominee Randy Rossilli Jr. will give a presentation on his work and converse with the audience as well.
West Essex High School Film Festival
Credit: Greg Contaldi   

Film Judges and Judging Criteria 
The films featured in the festival have been reviewed by a panel of judges including Emmy-Award-winning industry professionals and West Essex faculty. The films will be evaluated on the following merits:
  • Originality / creativity of story
  • Production value (i.e. quality of lighting, sound, camera work, editing)
  • Quality of acting
  • Judges may decline to give an award in a particular category if no entry meets the festival standards or quality.  

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Randy Rossilli, Jr. winning the 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Children/Youth/Teen Program or Special  
Credit: Randy Rossilli, Jr.  

There will be a special West Essex Film Award presented to a West Essex student only. In addition, awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Best overall film
  • Best drama
  • Best comedy
  • Best documentary
  • Best music video 

Student Council President Greg Contaldi came up with the idea for the festival after attending a summer filmmaking program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and approached High School Principal Gary Suda about starting a festival at the high school. Suda agreed and a date was set.

Tickets for the festival are $5 and are available online here. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Further Information
West Essex High School Film Festival
Greg Contaldi
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