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First Annual Film Festival Showcases Student Talent

7 students in front of projection on wallA grab for a debt repayment gone deadly; a gruesome take on a children’s game; and a creative spin on “Groundhog Day” made up a terrific trio of creative films presented by juniors in Stacy Vaccaro’s Digital Film class. 

The first annual student Film Festival, held at the Tech South amphitheater at PNW BOCES, showcased the short films “Run Away,” “Hide or Be ‘Seeked’,” and “Repeat Paradox,” to an audience of students, parents, and friends. Seniors in the program judged the films and presented “Oscars,” smaller versions of the real deal, to winners.

“The students did everything,” according to Vaccaro. “They came up with the stories, scripts, and story boards; did the editing; and casted and acted in the films.”

“I really enjoy editing,” said Matthew Morretta, Mahopac, who won Best Editor and whose film “Repeat Paradox” took home Best Film. Matthew Eberhart, Somers, who was the film’s screenwriter, said “I think all of the films worked out really well, and it was exciting to see everyone’s work.”

Mya Rendina, Yorktown, one of the seniors who judged the film, said “It was really inspiring to see the work of the juniors in the program. They did a great job!”

Winners of the Best Film “Oscar,” from left: Rachael Abrams, Lakeland; Matthew Morretta, Mahopac; Matthew Eberhart, Somers; Ella Martinez, Brewster; Madison Ringler, Yorktown; Benjamin Silk, Somers; and Matthew Robles, Somers.