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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

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.

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.

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?

Student Production Studio Opens in Union-Endicott

In partnership with Union-Endicott School District, the Student Production Studio with WSKG has opened in Linnaeus W. West as part of the Tiger Ventures program. The studio is located in the business incubator wing and is staffed by Annie Cartie, Youth Media Coordinator, for two days each week. Youth media programming at WSKG takes outreach education to a new level for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Students will  learn video and audio production, digital editing, graphic design, photography, and professional uses of social media. Production projects will align with curriculum topics taught in core classes and, as students build their skill sets, they will produce projects they design themselves.

'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.

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?

Rod Serling Film Fest Winners to Share the Screen with Filmmakers

WSKG Youth has announced an exciting new partnership with the Art Mission and Theater! The nine winning films of the 2016 Rod Serling Film Fest will be screened as part of Binghamton Babylon, a new film festival celebrating Binghamton, New York’s central role in the development of avant-garde film in the late 1960s and 1970s. This four-day festival will feature the newest and most compelling avant-garde films from across the world, along with a retrospective of films made in Binghamton, hands-on filmmaking workshops, and a special keynote address by Scott MacDonald, cinematic historian and author of Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department 1967-1977. Learn more on the Facebook event page.  
Inspiring the Next Generation of Filmmakers
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Rod Serling Film Festival will take place during Binghamton Babylon in partnership with the Art Mission and Theater. The Rod Serling Film Fest, a video contest for youth in kindergarten through Grade 12, honors the work of Rod Serling and celebrates the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Two screenings of the winning films will be held at 4:00pm and 5:30pm on the 16th. 

 

 

Learn more about Binghamton Babylon and the film festival partnership from the press conference held on August 23, 2016 courtesy of NewsChannel 34.

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

More often than it should, the job interfered with my school work

Path To Graduation: Putting Out Fires
Written & Produced By:
Nicole Keili, Graduate, Class of October 2015; and
Lennon Kruckow, Graduate, Class of June 2015 (and current Corning Community College student!)

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning-Painted Post Area School District

 

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“One morning in high school, I got called to fight a fire at 4:00AM. The call lasted into the late morning, causing me to be late to school by a few hours,” explains Lennon. “I was spending a lot of time working at the fire department while I was in high school. More often than it should, the job interfered with my school work,” says Lennon. “Between calls early in the morning or late at night, it would effect my sleep sometimes.

How confidence affects your abilities in school

Path To Graduation: Complexity of Confidence
Written and Produced By:
Mika Evans, Grade 12; and
Cody Scott, Grade 12

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District

 

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It’s hard to think about how much someone’s confidence can affect their abilities in school. But your confidence affects everything: Answering questions in class, asking for help on an assignment, and even forming friendships. “In the traditional high school, I was bullied, rumors were spread and, because of that, I had no self confidence,” shares Mika. “I didn’t care about going to school or getting my school work done. But after attending an alternative school, my confidence blossomed.

Culture of support & trust that focuses on learning

Path To Graduation: Alternative Success
Written and Produced By:
Christian Ackerman, Grade 12, and
Brooke White, Grade 11

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District

 

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According to the 2015 Building A Grad Nation Report, 81% of students in the United States are graduating. However, this leaves the remaining 19% of high school students who don’t graduate. What happens to them? For some students in Corning, New York, there is such a thing as a second chance. The High School Learning Center is just that: a second chance to be successful in high school.

An entirely different atmosphere, different methods of learning

Path To Graduation: Journey To Success
Written and Produced By:
Corey Hoover, Grade 12, Class of 2016; and
Joey Usma, Graduate, Class of October 2015

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District

 

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The national high school graduation rate is 81% according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report. In New York State, the average graduation rate is lower at 77%. One way to increase the number of students who successfully reach graduation is through alternative high schools. Alternative high schools are an educational option that allow students to work in an entirely different atmosphere, with different methods of learning. “The regular high school is different because the teachers there, they just want the students to pass, they want them to get A’s on their tests,” explains Joey.

After the incident, I had a hard time focusing at school

Path To Graduation: Harassment in High School
Written and Produced By:
Faith Sutton, Grade 11, Class of 2016; and
Ryan VanAmburg, Graduate, Class of October 2015

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and
Corning- Painted Post Area School District

 

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Sexual harassment at school is more common than most people realize. Nearly half of high schoolers in a 2011 study experienced it in a single year. And female students are much more likely to be the victims of harassment. In a school setting with large classes, it’s easy for this kind of thing to go unnoticed. “With the larger schools, I think a lot of things are under the radar and most people can’t really catch onto it,” explains Faith. “Unless it’s too late or there’s a lot of people involved, rather than just one person.

Supporting students on the autism spectrum to reach graduation

Path To Graduation: Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum
Written and Produced By:
Jordan Phillippe, Grade 10, Oneonta High School

 

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Students on the autism spectrum face challenges in school. They often learn differently than others. Joseph Yelich is superintendent of the Oneonta City School District in Upstate New York. Mr. Yelich describes how he makes sure, as a superintendent, students on the autism spectrum in public schools get the education they need. “We have a strong evaluation program and very well trained professionals inside of classrooms and out,” says Yelich.

'I’m going to get a diploma, one way or another!'

Path To Graduation: Future Plans
Written and Produced By:
Merissa Butler, Graduate, Class of October 2015; and Skyler Callahan-Miller, Grade 12, Class of 2016

In Partnership With:
High School Learning Center at Corning Community College; and Corning-Painted Post Area School District

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Skyler Callahan-Miller had a problem with traditional high school. “I had a lot of problems with attendance. I’d either have work or just say, forget about it, and not even go to school. [I had] attendance issues due to getting a ride or catching the bus or having to work early in the morning,” confessed Skyler. “And I also had a bunch of study halls that didn’t really help me at all.

My parents opted me out

Path To Graduation: Testing
Written & Produced By Nathan Schwed, Grade 8, Oneonta Middle School

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With 22% of students in New York State not finishing high school in 2014, is now a good time to start testing against new standards? I asked two community leaders their thoughts on Common Core standards. Senator James Seward represents the Oneonta-area in the New York State Senate. I asked Senator Seward his opinion. “Well, I have some grave concerns about the Common Core, in particular, the way it has been rolled out here in New York State,” says Seward.

I know mentoring works

Path To Graduation: Mentors
Written & Produced By Kieran Jennings, Grade 8, Schenevus Central School District

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Did you know? Researchers at the World Bank identified mentoring as one of the most promising approaches to serve at-risk children around the world. I know mentoring works because I have mentors myself, like teachers and aides, who help me stay organized, make good choices, and work hard even if I don’t feel like it. “One of the really important things that good teachers understand is that their relationship with a student is what’s going to make the difference for that student in terms of success,” says Thomas Jennings, superintendent of the Schenevus Central School District in Upstate New York. Mr. Jennings thinks that all students could benefit from positive time with adults in school.

Literacy is the key to success

Path To Graduation: Literacy
Written & Produced By Caroline Carter, Grade 10, Oneonta High School

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You might not think about it, but you use literacy skills all day long. When you are checking your texts, reading your emails, reading road signs, filling out forms, reading food labels, and taking tests… To do all of those things, you use literacy skills. But did you know, that according to a 2014 survey, 1 in 7 adults in the United States cannot read? “Literacy really is the foundation for educational success,” explains principal Thomas Brindley. “I believe it’s the foundation for success in life in general.” Mr. Brindley is principal of Oneonta High School.

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!