The two high school juniors organized the event, and typical of today's norm, accepted entries through
The result is a program of 13 movies that will span about two hours. They range from Yu and Ozminkowski's 30-minute film to some that are 3-to-4 minutes long. They include live action and animation. The program will run from
"We've been making films the last couple summers," Ozminkowski said. "There's a group of seven or eight people. We call ourselves 'Above the Line.' " We realized there's no outlet locally where students could show films, high school or private. We're like, 'let's try to make something happen.' Jae goes to
Yu is the true film enthusiast who orchestrated the first film he and his friends made. He penned a script based on
"I loved it," said Ozminkowski, who attended
Yu's second script that was made into a film last summer with the group of friends and he 30-minute film will be shown at "
Yu and Ozminkowski sent information packets to area high schools and advertised their proposed film festival on social media. They drew 20 locally produced films and selected 13.
Where teens once followed the
"Some are based on books," Ozminkowski said. "There's an animated one from
If today's phones make everyone a filmmaker, Ozminkowski said the technology also makes filmmaking more challenging.
"It's the easiest point ever in history to make films without a doubt," Ozminkowski said. "But, also, the standards are so much higher, too. What might have been a really good film in 1980, now, because of the level of effects kids are exposed to with iPad (applications), isn't. One kid from St. Mary's went crazy with an iPad ap with blood effects. It was absolutely ridiculous. In the 1970s, no way that would happen."
Despite the technology, and film programs at some high schools, it took the two friends to create an outlet for the student work. Ultimately, they hope to do more.
"The dream behind all of this to not only have a film festival but an arts appreciation festival," Ozminkowski said. "We couldn't do that this year. We had to start smaller this year. We'll have a sample of it We have three kids from
Admission to the film festival is free.
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