BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School freshman Chris Zou, a media student, submitted a film to the 2020 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival, and his is one of 12 official high school selections that are screening beginning March 30.
Zou's film is called "High School Defusal."
Awards will be announced online April 6 in the categories of Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary, Best Acting Performance and Best Direction. Winners of the Best Direction award will also have the chance to get an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics in Manhattan.
In addition, there will also be an Audience Choice Award given to the film that receives the most online votes over the next week. To vote, visit https://thebasie.org/filmfest.
Zou's film is on the left hand side of the third row of the high school entries, and the voting form is at the bottom of the page.
The film, Zou said, is a metaphorical portrayal of a clumsy high schooler's life, and makes an analogy between defusing a bomb and taking a test.
"Also, a critical connection is made when the student talks to 'itself,'" he said. "This is because of the reluctant and overconfident behavior of the student."
"The 'brain' or 'other person' is perhaps someone to add even more doubt or uncertainty into the student," he added. "In the end, the student answers the last question and the bomb explodes."