Four New Trier student films screened at world’s largest student film festival

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Four New Trier student films were featured on the big screen in New York City this month as part of the All American High School Film Festival, the world's largest high school film, photography, and media arts festival.

Eleven New Trier students traveled to New York for the festival, which took place Oct. 5-7. The four New Trier films were chosen to be screened among hundreds of the best high school films from around the world.

Senior Olivia Luna submitted two films that were selected for the festival: one public service announcement titled "Oversharing" produced with fellow seniors Marion Madanguit and Lilly Meehan-Egan, and a short film titled "No New Messages." Junior Eleanor De Fer's short film, "Ribbon," and senior Ben Senior's short film, "Velveeta," were also selected. All Official Selections were screened at the AMC theater in Times Square. Junior Jules Brown, sophomore Diego Consalvi, junior Isabel Dolan, sophomore George Dowd, sophomore Brendan Hollis, senior Eric Pirrie Villalobos, senior Michael Vongher, and sophomore Ryan Zabors also attended.

"Our long-term goal is to continue to submit, have multiple films selected annually, and win awards as well," New Trier media teacher James Syrek said. "There are specific awards presented at the Teen Indies Awards Ceremony that come with scholarship money, and my goal is for our students to be nominated in these categories, win and receive the support they deserve to pursue their filmmaking dreams."

Students also went on an NBC studio tour during the trip, after which they met with New Trier alum Arthur Meyer '02, Supervising Writer at "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Meyer spoke to students about his path through high school, Boston University, and a career in television. At New Trier, Meyer was a theatre student and was highly involved with "No Questions Asked," the school's short-form improvisation troupe.

"Our group represented the best New Trier throughout the weekend in New York City via their professionalism, support of fellow peers, enthusiasm towards attending panels and workshops, as well as networking with other filmmakers from schools around the country," Syrek said.

More information about the festival can be found at: https://www.hsfilmfest.com/