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