Monday, October 18, 2021

Chicagoland High School Film Festival semifinalists


The short film Ruin, written and directed by Jordan Graves, Franklin Barker, and Manny Roman,
three students at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., received the award for best narration at the Chicago High School Film Festival, the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Patch reports.

The 15-minute film is available on YouTube, here.

“In a post-apocalyptic world, two brothers struggle to survive against the ravages of nuclear holocaust, enemies and their own demons,” the film’s authors write in the description under the video. We would give the movie a PG-13 rating: a little gun violence here, a little crossbow violence there, and before you know what hit you, a psychological conundrum at the climax.

Other winners of the Chicagoland High School Film Festival will supposedly be posted on the Web, but as of this writing, the official site, here, listed only the finalists and did not announce the best narration award for Ruin. The winners were announced on May 17, but no record could be found in news outlets.

Other finalists

Stress: The Elephant in the Room
By Strawn Dixon, Lake Forest High School, on Vimeo.

It’s there, but no one really talks about it. To most students, stress comes from everything: grades, test scores and sports. It’s hard to understand the pressure that today’s students face, making stress the elephant in the room.

The Mirror Diaries
By Jacob Small, Highland Park High School, on YouTube.
Self-proclaimed winner, best direction

The author describes this film as “a Documentary I made about anorexia and the ‘Ana-world.'” It contains actual footage of an online community intended to encourage people to become anorexic.

Also by Jacob Small, Highland Park High School, on YouTube.

The dialog is all of two sentences in this 3-minute chase, but that’s about all it needs. There are a few sighs and moments of catching one’s breath, but that’s sort of the point.

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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