The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!

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NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us. This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade.

Rod Serling Film Festival

Free Screening of Winning Student Films

Join WSKG as the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation presents Serling Fest 2019: a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone! Winning student films from the annual Rod Serling Film Festival will screen at 10am on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. More details about the full weekend event available at rodserling.com. 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Honorees

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Disdain | Spencer Strickland
BEST ANIMATION | A Bland Day Out | Adrian Finney
BEST DOCUMENTARY | Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees | Kara Gildea, Rainer Gardner-Olesen, Eric Kukenberger, Sam Lytel, Ellie Pink, Lola Thompson, Peter Weil
BEST FICTION/STORY | Paper Brains | Sophia Doehla
BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | The Code | Rainer Gardner-Olesen
BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | New Look | Ian Justino
BEST COMEDY | A Day with Officer Shawnie | Aidan Stevens
HONORABLE MENTION| I’m New Here | Robert Fischer
HONORABLE MENTION| Love Through the Seasons: A Bird’s Love Story| Ehblu Say, Chit Su Moe
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Passenger | Avery Danielsen
BEST IN SHOW | Pesky Landline | Amelia Ponirakis

Thank you to our 2019 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Kate Murray, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff John Bell, Nancy Coddington, Chris DiRienzo, Jenny James, Nicole Kradjian, Alyssa Micha, Stacey Mosteller, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch. 

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.

‘Monster Girl’ Wins Elementary Category Honor in Serling Film Fest

Colleen McGuinness | Artist Bio
I am 9 years old and in 4th grade in Union-Endicott.  I have been in 5 shows at the Endicott Performing Arts Center and got to go to New York City this year to see Broadway shows.  I play the piano in the movie. I also like playing old rock-n-roll on my recorder and this year I’m learning to play the stand-up bass. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? It’s about a girl that scares her parents and then marries a boy named Joe.

Student-Produced ‘Left to Write’ Will Leave You Pondering

A student group of five filmmakers who have a passion for all elements of video making, whether it’s filming, acting, editing, or writing. Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, Noah Morris, David Mosden are students at Huntington High School in Mrs. Swan’s video program. Their film explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life. This piece follows the boy as he contemplates whether to continue reading the book, or to return it to the librarian who gave it to him. What is your film about? 
This is a film production that explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life.

‘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.

‘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.

‘Two Girls, a Dog, and Death’: Interview with Creators of Local Radio Drama

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Last spring, four Ithaca area students worked together to write a script and submitted their radio drama to WSKG’s An Ear for Drama project. The judging committee unanimously selected it as the strongest entry. From here, the students visited WSKG and worked on voicing techniques and strengthening the script. In addition to writing a winning radio drama script, the students each took part in recording it at WSKG Studios alongside local professional voice actors. The students answered the following interview questions to share their perspective on the experience.