MILLBURN, NJ - The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills is pleased to announce the winning films of the eighth Annual Millburn Film Fest. The films, created by Millburn Middle and High School students, were chosen by a panel of professionals in the film and media industry.
Special guest judges Tanya Nirielle Barach, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Alexander Franke, and Josh Schwartz joined Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee members Laraine Brennan-Barach, Donna Davis, Kathi Hecht, and Victoria Plummer to make their selections.
The top filmmakers will be announced at the Red Carpet Premiere and receive prizes that include professional recording equipment donated by Shure Audio and a summer film camp scholarship donated by New York Film Academy.
The Red Carpet Premiere will be held on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Millburn High School. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The event is made possible by the generosity of Academy Award Sponsors The Shannon Aronson Group/Keller Williams and New York Film Academy; Studio Sponsors PNC Wealth Management and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; and Producer Sponsor Jon Lamkin/Guaranteed Rate.
Everyone in the community is invited to come view the family-friendly short films, walk the red carpet, take home a complimentary photo, and exit the event to a fanfare. A daytime encore screening will be held on Wednesday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Bow Tie Millburn Cinemas. Tickets are available online at www.millburnfilmfest.com.
The twelve winning films encompass a range of subjects that reflect the concerns of students today. They are A Sensation, After the Beep, Bottle, Diamond in the Rough, Dollface, Dream Sequence, Drive, Faded, Great White, Into the Wild, Left & Right and You Reap What You Sow.
A Sensation, a film directed by Kyle Farscht (MHS 12), is about a young man reflecting on his first love through the lens of each of the five senses. In After the Beep, by Jessica Yeager, Kyle Farscht, Danielle Benna, and Matthew Green (MHS 12), a teen named Isaac thinks back on his relationship with his girlfriend Sophia as he replays the voicemails he has left her.
Daniel Lee’s (MHS 9) Bottle is a comedy about a boy’s quest to reach a bottle on the other side of the room without getting up. The music video Diamond in the Rough, directed by Al Daver and Jordan Model (MHS 10), features an original song and deals with self-image and personal growth.
In the animated Dollface, by Alex DeRosa (MHS 11), a teenage girl’s doll won’t stop talking and its messages convey the expectations placed on girls in our culture. Dream Sequence is Daniel Lee’s (MHS 9) humorous look at a young filmmaker’s attempt to come up with a film concept.
The music video Drive was directed by Kyle Farscht (MHS 12) and features an original song by Powdered Elephants. In Carli Platt’s (MMS 8) Faded, two friends deal with a mysterious medical issue that proves to have deeper consequences. The animated Great White, by Stephanie Bai (MHS 11), follows a little white seal on the search for friends who learns that sometimes, it’s okay to be different.
Into the Wild, a nature mockumentary directed by Paulina Sonza (MHS 10), Sema Madahar (MHS 11), and Rachel Solomon (MHS 10), follows one shy teen and her interactions throughout a typical day in Millburnia. The surreal and topical Left & Right, by Zack Reichgut and Daniel Sirota (MHS 11), deconstructs one of the major flaws of our education system.
You Reap What You Sow, an animation by Jacob Updyke (MHS 10), tells the story of five-year-old Thomas’s evacuation from the city and his question of why this must be.