Student Film takes Riverdale by Storm
Broadway has the Tonys, films have the Academy Awards, and music has the Grammys. But there is another awards ceremony that you will not see on television. Oh yeah, it is that time of the year again. For a brief moment, this shining star of hope crests the horizon. You can almost see it now. The glare of anticipation and tears, the red tinge of blood obscuring prodigious edges...
The phenomenon known only as the RCS Film Festival will consume our lives.
Sophomore Ernie Robertson, a film student at Riverdale, says he is “excited to see the wide variety of student
Here is a description of the Riverdale film festival, acquired by meeting with its chief coordinator, Mr. Blair:
The Annual Riverdale Film Festival is one of my favorite nights of the year. It's a fantastic event that celebrates cinematic achievement here at RCS over the year. We screen a lot of student films and present awards in categories such as Best Director, Best Screenplay, and of course, Best Film.
The winners are selected by a blind jury (meaning that they don't know the students) made up of entertainment industry professionals. In the past, jury members have included writers for shows such as Smash, and Quantico, and actors from shows such as True Blood, and Daredevil. Screening the films for the jury, and then staying up (sometimes quite late) discussing and analyzing the films is such a fun experience, and always makes me feel so proud as a film teacher. Jury members are consistently blown away by the quality of the movies.
This year I think we have some fun surprises for the audience. For the first time ever, we have two students hosting the event (I won't give away who yet, but they're past winners... and certainly not strangers to talking in front of the school [editor's note: the hosts are Thomas Donovan and John Cicco]). We also have movies in genres that nobody has ever attempted before. In other words, it's shaping up to be the best film festival ever. Definitely make the film festival an event to attend during the last week of school - you'll be glad you did!
Bring friends and family to witness the festival. It will be on Wednesday June 1st at 7pm in the Jeslo Harris Theater.