Santa Fe University of Art and Design recently participated in the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) that ran Oct. 24?26 in New York City. Celebrity judges and presenters also participated in the second annual festival, geared toward highlighting and celebrating high school student films; this included successful filmmakers, actors and directors involved with “Orange is The New Black,” “True Blood,” “Lost,” “Agents of Shield,” “Gossip Girl,” and “The Twilight Saga,” among many others.
As a Presenting Sponsor, SFUAD presented the Opening Night festivities, participated in the festival’s College Fair and Technology Showcase, and moderated two film panels. SFUAD Film School student Meghan Noce set up SFUAD Outdoor Vision Fest® installations during the Opening Night reception, which were again presented during the Technology Showcase. Chris Eyre, Chair of The Film School at SFUAD, and Film School faculty member Justice Whittaker participated as panelists for a “Promoting Social Change Through Film” panel, with Eyre also serving as panel moderator; Paula Amanda, Associate Chair of The Film School and Director of SFUAD’s Garson Studios, also moderated the panel, “Beyond Directing: Jobs in the Film Industry (The Process of Hollywood).” Eyre also presented the award for Best Direction at the banquet Saturday evening.
In total, 294 film selections from young filmmakers across 48 states around the country were showcased throughout the festival. At last year’s inaugural festival, SFUAD student Michael Clark (’17) was awarded “Best Documentary,” where he also received nominations for Best Direction and Best Overall Picture. Clark’s short film Losing Luke was about a transgender girl named Katie (previously known as “Luke”) and her experiences in an Oklahoma high school. The judge for the Documentary category in 2013 was filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.