MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Film Festival has a little bit of everything. Carli Platt’s In Plain Sight: A Hidden Child of the Holocaust will give the audience a look at history. Kyle Farscht’s Coffee and Maddy Freeman’s The Decision give the students in attendance some practical advice. But Swindler, the only music video in this year’s lineup, will bring happiness to its viewers.
You won't be able to contain your smile. The music video pairs a song about the power and importance of friendship with footage of Millburn High School’s most genuine group of friends (Sofia Bargan, Sema Madahar, Drew Demetrio, and Aoia Weiss). Altogether, the piece preaches how healing the support of friends can be.
“It’s a candid performance, such a touching movie to see. Everyone has told me that it made them a bit happier. That’s what we hope to do. Brighten everyone's day and remind them how much friendship means.”
The song is an original composition written and performed by Bargan. Bargan has been singing since she was two years old. However, she began to focus more on her work at age 14. In uncharted waters for her, Sema Madahar directed the music video. Madahar is known for her impeccable special effects ability, which typically help advance the plot of her films. She has never done a music video before this year.
“I had to think about the whole picture” Madahar said. “Usually what I see through my camera: that’s the base, and usually it becomes so much more than that. But when I was filming this, I looked through the camera and realized ‘This is everything. This is all I have.’ I really had to work the camera and appreciate the cinematography more because that’s what the final product ended up looking like.
An additional screening at Millburn’s Bow Tie Cinema is Thurdsday, April 26, at 11:00 am.