"As I knew him, My Dad, Rod Serling" By Anne Serling

2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Accepting Entries

The 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 3, 2019. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Double Honor for Film ‘8 to 8’ in Serling Fest

The film ‘8 to 8’ is by Alec Simmons, student at Ithaca’s Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. ‘8 to 8’ is the recipient of the ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’ award and the honor of ‘Best in Show’ for 2017.  Here is some feedback from the filmmaker. What is your film about? A college student keeps noticing a mysterious tower on the outskirts of campus.

‘It’s Not What it Looks Like’ Receives Best Fiction/Story Honor

Congratulations to Jad Jacob for sharing his film It’s Not What It Looks Like with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His film received the award for Best Fiction/Story for 2017. What is your film about? 
It’s Not What It Looks Like is a one-shot comedic short film detailing the adolescent antics of Steve and Clara, a couple whose attempt at a breakup takes a quick and escalating series of turns for the worst. How did you come up with the idea for your film? I wanted to challenge myself my making a short film that was all done in one shot.

‘Best 9-12’ Serling Fest Award Goes to Niskayuna Native

Evan Pritchard is a upstate New York filmmaker from Niskayuna, New York.  He is attending Purchase College as a freshman.  Evan has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film.  He hopes to someday make his hope and passion into a career.  Evan has previously been honored for his past films Believe and Les Milkerables. What is your film about? 
Why God? Tells the story of a young boy struggling with his faith due to the impact of outside forces in his life. How did you come up with the idea for your film? The idea for this film first stemmed from a single sentence I wrote down in passing – “Religion and Culture today”.  At the time I was thinking mostly the Islamophobia going on within our society today.  As the idea and sentence began to grow I realized the best way to show a story about holding faith when religion is looked down upon, was to tell my own story.

‘Algo’ Captures Abstract/Experimental Award in Serling Film Fest

Isabella Mesko is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. She has studied film independently at school since her freshman year and created personal video projects since her childhood. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? ‘Algo’ is a short experimental film which implicitly comments on such subject matter as feminine adolescence, domestic violence, and love.

One Month Left to Enter Serling Film Fest

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

K-12 Students Invited to Submit Short Films to Festival

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Student Films Sought for Annual Serling Festival

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Opens

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Informal Education Experience

WSKG sat down with Binghamton, NY native Liam Walsh, student filmmaker, to reflect on his experience with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His high school teacher, Mr. Keith Rosko, also talked with us. Walsh took the ‘Best in Show’ award in the 2016 Festival and has since moved on to college. The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival will open in January. https://youtu.be/iOBmEXSWWAk?t=1m45s

Don't Underestimate the Power of an Informal Education Experience

WSKG sat down with Binghamton, NY native Liam Walsh, student filmmaker, to reflect on his experience with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His high school teacher, Mr. Keith Rosko, also talked with us. Walsh took the ‘Best in Show’ award in the 2016 Festival and has since moved on to college. The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival will open in January. https://youtu.be/iOBmEXSWWAk?t=1m45s

Rod Serling Film Festival Open to the Community

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 join WSKG at the Art Mission and Theater as we celebrate expression through film! Activities of the Art Mission’s Binghamton Babylon Film Festival run throughout the weekend and Sunday marks the annual Rod Serling Film Festival.  Winning student films will screen at 4:00pm and 5:30pm. Admission is free and there is a suggested donation in support of the Art Mission. Anne Serling will be on site from 3:00pm-4:00pm hosting a book signing.

Student Filmmaker Liam Walsh Captures ‘Best in Show’ Award

Liam Walsh’s film ‘In HARMoNY’ received the ‘Best in Show’ award for the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. Walsh has been participating in the Festival since 6th grade as a student at Chenango Forks School District in Chenango Forks, NY.  A filmmaker and composer, he is currently studying Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California.  Here he responds to interview questions we posed. What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences?

Student Filmmaker Liam Walsh Captures 'Best in Show' Award

Liam Walsh’s film ‘In HARMoNY’ received the ‘Best in Show’ award for the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. Walsh has been participating in the Festival since 6th grade as a student at Chenango Forks School District in Chenango Forks, NY.  A filmmaker and composer, he is currently studying Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California.  Here he responds to interview questions we posed. What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences?

Horror Story ‘Alone’ Takes ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’ Honor at Serling Fest

Alone, written and directed by executive producer Conner Personius, is a horror story about a young man who takes a turn for the worse after suffering a mental breakdown. Starring Nick Ketter, Joshua Carver, and Bruce Personius. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=601tYEDSh84&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

Horror Story 'Alone' Takes 'Best SciFi/Fantasy' Honor at Serling Fest

Alone, written and directed by executive producer Conner Personius, is a horror story about a young man who takes a turn for the worse after suffering a mental breakdown. Starring Nick Ketter, Joshua Carver, and Bruce Personius. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=601tYEDSh84&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

What Would You Do With A Trillion Dollars? Students Respond Through Short Film.

This is a short video collaboratively made by Buffalo Youth Media Institute students at the Buffalo Center for Art and Technology. The students were asked to explore the question of what they would do with a trillion dollars.  Congratulations to student filmmakers Jefferson Manuel, Wilson Morerro, and Saeed Muhammad for winning the honor of ‘Best Social Commentary’ in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JqUkXBO4Pc&feature=youtu.be

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

'Dark Room' Captures Award for 'Best Fiction/Story' in Serling Fest

A group of students from Huntington High School in Huntington, NY collaborated to create the film ‘Dark Room’, earning the award of ‘Best Fiction/Story’ in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  The students are Cody Bograd, Keegan Dunne, Charlie Ehrman, Jack Glicker, Emma Pipolo, and Sam Weitzner.  Teacher Heather Swan served as a guide on their project. https://youtu.be/y9baHLDeLmk

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival will be held at the Art Mission & Theater on October 16, 2016 and all winning selections can be found here.

Claymation Abounds in Film Created By Northeast Bradford Students

‘Park Problems’ was recently awarded the ‘Best 6-8’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. John Pilvelis, Art/Gifted Program Teacher at Northeast Bradford School District, served as mentor to the students that created this film. He took some time to gather feedback from his students regarding their experience on this project:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film involves a boy who tries to practice his clarinet in the park. Various animals get involved and complicate matters.

Elmira, NY Students Highlight Mental Illness in Winning Serling Fest Film

Leena Trinh and Kenly Kuhn are student filmmakers from Greater Southern Tier BOCES in Elmira, NY.  Their film ‘Anaya, Part 1′, was recently awarded the ‘Best Abstract/Experimental’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  They responded to a few interview questions:

What is your film about?  Can you summarize it in a few sentences? Our film was about bringing depression into a real life person, or demon that follows Anaya around and starts to give her problems. At first it is just simply a dark figure and voices she hears, but it becomes much more than that.

'Spirit of Serling' Award Goes to Film Focused on Racial Stereotyping

Nicholas Taboni is a senior at Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY. When he’s not busy working on films he is a variety runner and captain of the cross country team. Nick is also involved in numerous clubs and service activities throughout the year. His film ‘The Box’ s was recently awarded the ‘Spirit of Serling’ award in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival.  He took some time to share his thoughts on the Festival with us:

What is your film about?

'Les Milkerables' Takes Award in 2016 Serling Film Festival

Evan Pritchard is a Senior in Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY and his film Les Milkerables was recently awarded the ‘Best 9-12’ film in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. He has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film which he is able to explore through the filmmaking program through his high school.  He hopes to one day make his hope and passion into his career.  Evan was inspired for this film through the idea of inanimate objects coming to life when no one is looking combined with a problem most household experience.  Using the stop motion animation techniques, paper cut outs (most notably associated with Monty Python) he was able to tell his unique story.

2016 Winners Announced in Rod Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. Stay tuned as details unfold regarding the awards ceremony & festival!  Special thanks to our Judging Committee Leslie Campbell, David Chirico, Judi Hess, and Christina Kunzman. BEST IN SHOW | In HARMoNY | Liam Walsh

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Box | Nicholas Taboni

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Anaya Part 1 | Kenly Kuhn & Leena Trinh

BEST DOCUMENTARY | Set in Stone | Joshua Davis, Richelle Gardner, Brandon Mott

BEST FICTION/STORY | Dark Room | Cody Bograd, Keegan Dunne, Charlie Ehrman, Jack Glicker, Emma Pipolo, Sam Weitzner

BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | Alone| Conner Personius 

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | If I Had a Trillion Dollars| Jefferson Manuel, Wilson Morerro, Saeed Muhammad

BEST 6-8 | Park Problems | Samantha Burnett, Jace Nichols, Kate O’Connor, Emily Susanj

BEST 9-12 | Les Milkerables | Evan Pritchard

Last Call for Entries to the 'Rod Serling Film Fest'

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Youth Film Festival Seeks Entries

The 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2016. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

2015 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners

The 2015 top honor winners of the Rod Serling Film Festival. SPECIAL HONORS
Best in Show | Work On Words | Jane Lee, Daria Azizian, Lollie Nguyen
Spirit of Serling Award | Reflection | Jacob Weinheimer

CATEGORIAL HONORS
Best Abstract/Experimental | Alone | Daniel Anderson & Christopher Anderson
Best Documentary | Grand Bazaar | Metin Ozisik
Best Fiction/Story | Long Distance | Alta Fox
Best SciFi/Fantasy | Dull Moon Eyes | Liam Walsh
Best Social Commentary | Otherside | Will Schwartz, Tyler Lindsley, Charlene Heisler, Edward Prostak, Shelby Burnside

ENTRANT LEVEL HONORS
Best K-5 | The Orb | Drake Brown
Best 6-8 | The Wanderer | Jacob French

JUDGE’S CHOICE
Best Comedy | Stealing With Friends | Xzavier Villie
Best Scenic Design | Alice | Erica Hutchison

Many thanks to all of the students that submitted work to the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival and the Festival Judging Committee.  Thank you for Festival sponsors Chroma Cafe & Bakery and The Forum Theatre.  Additional support provided by Wal-Mart and Target stores of Vestal, NY. Learn more about the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival!

Work on Words | Best in Show 2015

Jane Lee, Daria Azizian, Lollie Nguyen take the top honors in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival with their film ‘Work on Words’.  These high school students attend Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, British Columbia.  This film was entered in the ‘Social Commentary’ category and the judging committee recognized it as this year’s ‘Best in Show’.  Congratulations on your award and superb job at communicating a very powerful message! https://youtu.be/Xs-TSUpOuh8

Reflection | Spirit of Serling 2015

Jacob Weinheimer’s film ‘Reflection’ was entered into the Fiction/Story category in this year’s Rod Serling Film Festival, and the judging committee decided to honor it with the first-ever ‘Spirit of Serling’ award.  This award was given to the entry that best emulated Rod Serling’s stylistic and commentary approach.  Weinheimer is a high school student in the Binghamton City School District. https://youtu.be/554O0u6935Y

 

 

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. https://youtu.be/AAZpVm4MoRA

 

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. https://youtu.be/cU6tNseQ8xc

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. https://youtu.be/pu3jSh_vwCY

 

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! https://youtu.be/Shtmx9JGVVA

 

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. https://youtu.be/4e_ngiPaKWk

 

Alice | Best Scenic Design 2015

This film received the Judge’s Choice honor for ‘Best Scenic Design’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival.  ‘Alice’ is the creation of Erica Hutchison, a student who attends Athens Area High School. She says, “I wanted my project to be a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to do something based on what I love: special effects makeup, and the illusion of something darker and different to capture my audience’s attention.” Mission accomplished, Erica!

Stealing with Friends | Best Comedy 2015

What happens when five friends decide to rob a bank? You’ll be surprised where their minds will take them…! Stealing with Friends’, created by (and starring!) Xzavier Villie, was awarded ‘Best Comedy’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/xkHlJHLRwyI