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Montville High School Film Club Takes Honors at Montclair Film Festival

Alec Grossman, Samantha Grossman, David Champion, Veronica Tullo, Heather Giudice, Jack Motherway, Paul Riccio Credits: Melissa Benno
Akshay Kumar, S. Grossman, Alec Grossman, David Champion, Paul Riccio, Jack Motherway, Michael Benno. Lexi Burns, Madelyn So, Julie Lee, Martin Trogani. Alexa Zammit, Heather Giudice, Veronica Tullo. Credits: Melissa Benno
Black and White Revenge Credits: MTHS Film Club
David Champion in a scene from Black and White Revenge Credits: MTHS Film Club
Emerging Filmmaker Competition winners Credits: Montclair Film
Samantha Grossman, Alec Grossman, David Champion, Paul Riccio, Jack Motherway. Front row: Heather Giudice, Veronica Tullo. Credits: Melissa Benno
Heather Giudice in a scene from Black and White Revenge Credits: MTHS Film Club
Jack Motherway in a scene from Black and White Revenge Credits: MTHS Film Club
Montclair Film Festival Credits: Melissa Benno
A scene from Black and White Revenge Credits: MTHS Film Club
Sue Hollenberg and Michelle Anderson of Montclair Film Credits: Melissa Benno
The MTHS Film Club at the Montclair Film Festival Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – For the second year in a row, filmmakers from Montville Township High School’s Film Club took home honors from Montclair Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition.

The group from MTHS won the Special Jury Prize Narrative in a tie with the movie “Find,” submitted by Morristown High School student Kylee Strasser.

This year, more than 90 films were submitted to the competition in three categories: Cinemaniacs (grades 4-6), Storytellers (grades 7-9), and Visionaries (grades 10-12). Winning films were selected by a group of educators and industry professionals.

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The film, titled “Black and White Revenge,” is a film noir written by MTHS ninth-grader Veronica Tullo.

“It was the first film I’ve ever written,” she told TAPinto Montville. “I kind of like mysteries, and I especially like those with a big twist. So that’s what I created.”

Tullo has an older brother who is taking film classes in college who helped her edit her work. She said it took her about three days to write.

“When I found out the club was going to produce it, I was really excited,” she said. Tullo also plays a role in the film and worked behind the camera.

Assistant director and editor David Champion, who also played the detective in the film, said the film took about a day to film, at the high school and at the home of one of the film club members.

Tullo said she is excited with the way it turned out. “It turned out just the way I hoped it would,” she said.

The winning films from all categories were screened at an award ceremony and showcase held on April 29. All the student filmmakers’ movies were shown at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair; the winners were awarded trophies, and a reception followed.

“We are so excited to celebrate all of these talented, young filmmakers,” Sue Hollenberg, Education Director for Montclair Film told the assembly.

Montclair Film, the sponsor of the competition along with Partners for Health Foundation, is a non-profit organization which nurtures and showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the region and world, according to a release. This was the sixth year for the Montclair Film Festival.

To view the film, click: Black and White Revenge 

Black and White Revenge was directed by Paul Riccio, who also played the set designer, and Jack Motherway, who also played the production manager. Samantha Grossman was assistant director and also played the assistant. Heather Giudice played “The Prima Donna” and Alec Grossman played “The Director.” Actors: “The Film Crew”: Jeff Gallup, Samantha Grossman, Jack Motherway, Paul Riccio, Veronica Tullo. Cinematography: Jeff Gallup, Jack Motherway, Paul Riccio, Veronica Tullo. Gravity Boot Specialist: Jeff Gallup.

The Film Club will be hosting a Film Showcase on May 13 at the high school.

To read about the Film Club’s March, 2017 top ten finalist achievement at Project Fx click: Chem Club

To read about last year’s festival win, click: Shape Shifter

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