On May 18, the on-campus Blair community came together to watch nearly 20 student-produced films at the annual Student Film Festival in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre. According to fine arts teacher and festival coordinator Robert Hanson, the event gave students and faculty an appreciation for the work that goes into the process of filmmaking and the sheer commitment to the craft students have shown during this unconventional year.
A majority of films premiered at the Festival were produced by students taking “Introduction to Film Production” and were under three minutes in length.
The event also featured longer films, which were semester-long group projects created by students taking “Advanced Film Production'' and Advanced Placement (AP) studio art portfolio. The highlight of the evening was the premiere of “Airstream,” which took an entire year to complete. The work is the brainchild of director Gabi Bernstein ’21, producer and cinematographer Chris Tung ’22, and co-producer and sound recordist Jordan Abraham ’21.
Mr. Hanson and his students have looked forward to sharing their work at the annual Film Festival since the fall, when many of these projects were first created. Over the course of the year, students worked hard to film and edit across Blair’s campus and around the world to prepare for the Festival.
Submissions were divided into five genres, including poetry in motion, scene coverage, micro documentary, short short and advanced film, with three to four films in each category. Mr. Hanson explained that a number of the films were created by virtual learners including a documentary about Duc Dinh ’22 by Alyx Khuat-Sherwood ’22, both of whom are currently in Vietnam.
One winner in each genre received a plaque, and prizes were awarded in a number of other categories, including “best director” and “best actor” (see the full list of winners below).
Congratulations to the 2021 Student Film Festival award winners:
Best Poetry in Motion: “Butter Poem” (by Ben Liu ’22)
Best 1 x 1 x 1: “Lagrima” (by Gabriel Ramirez ’22)
Best Micro Documentary: “Interview with a Teenage Drag Queen” (By Alyx Khuat-Sherwood ’22)
Best Short Short: “The Lost Guard” (edited by Moussa Kane ’23, produced by the Fall 2020 Introduction to Film class)
Best Advanced Short Film: “Airstream”
- Director: Gabi Bernstein ’21
- Producer and Cinematographer: Chris Tung ’22
- Co-Producer and Production Sound: Jordan Abraham ’21
- Starring: Alex Schamberger ’22