Cambridge Public School Students recognized at Arlington International Film Festival
RECOLLECTION by Media Arts Studio (MAS) participants Karen Chen and Cameron McMillian is among 3 films by Cambridge Rindge and Latin students that will be screened for the public at the Arlington International Film Festival. Honorable Mention for 2013 Experimental Short was awarded to Henry Nineberg for his project, BRAND NEW.
Special congratulations go to Tessa Tracy and Sophia Santos, winners of the “2013 Best Documentary Short” for their film, LA LUCHA, an Enhanced Senior Year project. Their 11-minute documentary offers a compelling look at the effects of war, and the intense process of rebuilding a community through education and self-governance.
The Graduation Project pathway of the Enhanced Senior Year Program offers students an opportunity to pursue their own meaningful inquiry and then use their skills and talents to create something that is shared with a wider audience. “Tessa and Sophia made the most of the opportunity,” explains Internship and Service-Learning Specialist Kathleen Fitzgerald, “combining their passions for film, social justice, and travel to create a compelling and important film about community”.
As their supervising teacher, Angélica Allende Brisk brought her expertise as Latina filmmaker as well as her commitment to excellence and professional standards. In addition the students engaged help from Cindy Weisbart (History), Ingrid Stobbe (MAS), Alex Peacher (MAS), and Nicole Hart (TRC). “There were several times during the project that we weren’t sure we could finish and even wondered why we had gotten ourselves into this mess.” Tessa admits. Sophia disclosed to the school audience “When we came back with the footage I was so happy with my camera work, which was a complete surprise.” Passion, creative vision and hard work were the necessary ingredients that resulted in a project for which everyone at CRLS, especially Tessa and Sophia, can be very proud.
"It is very exciting to have student work recognized at this level… and important to note that the three pieces chosen represent a variety of genres; experimental, narrative and field documentary." says Media Instructor Angélica Brisk
The 3rd annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) shows independent cinematic masterpieces from filmmakers around the world. It is also dedicated to promoting the next generation of filmmakers by showcasing a special category of student shorts. Submissions came from as near as the Massachusetts towns of Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Dorchester, Roxbury, Wayland and Winchester and as far as Montreal, Canada. AIFF is proud to show these excellent short films that reflect the opinions, fears, dreams and talents of a young generation as represented through the eye of the lens.
The Media Arts Studio is a fully equipped digital media production facility located on the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS) campus. This award winning facility is home to Cambridge Educational Access Television (CEATV) and the Rindge School for Technical Arts Media Technology Program, which together provides in school and afterschool media arts education. Students are offered real world experience, as the programming that they create is shown on two Cambridge cable channels, Smart TV98 and CPS TV99, and distributed on the district website.
Students will be honored at a Prescreening Reception for filmmakers and families followed by The Student Film Program Festival Screening open to the public:
October 26th | 12Noon | Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington
Cambridge cable subscribers may check CEATV program listings online to view these award-winning films. Cambridge students who wish to learn more about media making opportunities are invited to visit the Media Arts Studio at 454 Broadway (directly across from CRLS). For more information, call 617.349.6744 or email us.
For more information about the Arlington International Film Festival, click here.
Photo: Sophia, Tessa, Cam (missing 2013 grads Harry and Karen).