The Orb | Best K-5 | 2015

What would you do if a mysterious orb appeared and began following you?!  Youth filmmaker Drake Brown of Vestal, NY explores this idea with superb editing.  This is the winning entry in the K-5 grade level category of the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.


The Wanderer | Best 6-8 | 2015

Jacob French of the Greater Rochester area won the award for ‘Best 6-8’ film with his piece ‘The Wanderer.’  Take a look and ponder what the filmmaker was thinking! Interesting use of symbolism and we applaud the music selection and editing.  His film will be part of the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.

Grand Bazaar | Best Documentary 2015

This is a short documentary by Metin Ozisik of Niskayuna, NY.  ‘Grand Bazaar’  is a look at the world’s largest covered shopping center and most-visited tourist attraction in Instanbul.  Ozisik’s documentary is both a personal story and a cinematic journey that captured the honor of ‘Best Documentary’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.


Long Distance | Best Fiction/Story 2015

This poignant work comes from Alta Fox, a student filmmaker from Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY.  Be sure to watch the piece in entirety! ‘Long Distance’ wins the ‘Best Fiction/Story’ award in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.

Not In Our Town

Encourage students to think about how bullying can limit freedom of speech and expression with this lesson from PBS LearningMedia.  Students watch documentary videos, read informational text and complete writing assignments. Sign up for your free PBS LearningMedia account and use this fantastic resource! GET RESOURCE
This is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection.  

Dull Moon Eyes | Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2015

Liam Walsh, student at Chenango Forks High School, returns as an award winner in this year’s Rod Serling Film Festival.  In 2015, his film ‘Dull Moon Eyes’ received the top honor of ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’.  Check out the fast paced open and suspenseful twists!


New York 52: A League of Women Voters Event

This debate featured the candidates for New York Senate District 52, Democrat Barbara Fiala and Republican Fred Akshar.  WSKG’s Director of News & Public Affairs, Charles Compton, served as moderator.  The event was organized by the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties and was held in front of a studio audience.  The debate aired live on WSKG TV and WSKG Radio on Thursday, October 29th at 8:00pm. Watch the full debate:

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So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

How do you know if someone is laughing with you or at you?  What should you do if you witness bullying?  Help students find the answers to these and other questions with this interactive comic from PBS KIDS’ Arthur. This resource comes from PBS LearningMedia and is ideal for at-home use or in school at grade levels PreK through 4th. WATCH HERE
Be sure to check out the extension activities that go along with this for more social-emotional education!

Otherside | Best Social Commentary 2015

A group of students from Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School District in upstate New York take on the serious issue of addiction. This powerful depiction, through the eyes of youth, earned the categorical honor ‘Best Social Commentary’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. Filmmakers are Will Schwartz, Tyler Lindsley, Charlene Heisler, Edward Prostak, and Shelby Burnside.