Last Friday, the Susan M. Frank Center for Arts and Humanities was buzzing with excitement as students, faculty, staff, family, and friends geared up for ESD's second annual Film Festival. The Fine Arts Department rolled out the red carpet for students in the Atrium, with theater-themed snacks like popcorn, candy, and cookies provided for student movie-goers. Adults were invited to a wine and cheese reception in the Black Box, where they mingled prior to the screenings.
After their respective receptions, attendees made their way into the Bray Performance Hall to begin the screenings. Unlike last year, every film screen at this year's Film Festival was created by either a current ESD student or an ESD alum, which was a great way to celebrate our talented Eagles.
"It was amazing seeing the amount of people that came to support our film makers," said FAN Student Ambassador Cameron McGee '18, who helped run and organize the event. "Athletes, artists, administrators, and teachers all came together to support the film students and give them validation for their hours of work."
William Hargrave '19 hosted and emceed the event, which screened 10 films throughout the course of the evening. Six of the short films screened were created by current ESD film students, in addition to four films from ESD alumni. Below are the titles of each film, listed in the order in which they were shown at the festival.
The Last Made-In-America Fat Cat Mug - directed by Ellery Marshall '18
- This short film was the piece produced by the ESD film students who attended the All American High School Film Festival in New York City last October. Click here to watch!
Just Try: A Memory - Kyle Vanesko '16
POP - Ben Oliphint '16
Transcending Politics - Ellery Marshall '18
Art of War - Cal Etcheverry '17
Art of Self Expression - Chloe Williams '19
Lilly's Audition - Grace Boyd '19
Not in Kansas - Paty Gomez '15
Wired - Sam Curtis '21, Preston Moderi '21
Dig - Sabrina Gies '20
*Bonus: Check out the behind the scenes video The Last Made-In-America Fat Cat Mug from Gerrit Parker '20!
To view photos from the 2018 Film Festival, please click here. They are located in the Upper School folder, and the password to access the folder can be found under the SmugMug tab of the Private Parent Portal.