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Young filmmakers are focus of festival

May 3, 2010

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Youths and filmmaking were showcased Sunday during a ceremony for the fifth annual Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival Awards at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. Organized by LHS film and media teacher Jeff Kuhr, the festival received 92 submissions from 14 area high schools.

Winners were selected by Lawrence filmmaker Patrick Rea, BlueCat Screenplay Competition founder Gordy Hoffman, Journal-World entertainment editor Jon Niccum and Kansas University Department of Film and Media Studies chair Tamara Falicov.

Major category winners received a gold reel, and technical winners a silver. Prizes awarded included Adobe Premiere Pro CS 4 software, selections from the Criterion Collection, and films by Palm Pictures and New Video Group.

Winners included:

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

“The Sci-Fi Movie” by Ellie Berland, Megan Fleming, Zoey Hearn — Lawrence High School

Best Music Video

“Parody Me!” by Danny Neely, Cameron Volker — Shawnee Mission West High School

Best Original Music Video

“Stuntin’ Like My Caddy” by Danny Neely, Cameron Volker — Shawnee Mission West High School

Best Documentary

“Margaret Sanger” by Grace Bova, Phebe Meyers — Lawrence High School

Best Experimental

“Not at Home” by Nikki Walker — Lawrence High School

Best Horror/Suspense (tie)

“My Darling” by Hunter Matthews — Olathe Northwest High School

“Trapped” by Dan Carter, Gordy Doyle — Lawrence High School

Best Animation

“Calamity” by Brian Schwabauer, Kevin Sikes — Shawnee Mission South High School

Best Comedy

“Shortz” by Sean Cunningham, Danny Neely, Cameron Volker — Shawnee Mission West High School

Best Drama

“Janus” by Kyler Thomann — Lawrence High School

Best Editing

“My Shadow” by Buffy Faircloth — Lawrence High School

Best Cinematography

“Leap” by Luke McDaneld — Lawrence High School

Best Story

“I Noticed” by Kyle Stone — Blue Valley West High School

Fan Favorite

“Regarding Anrai” by Henry Chapman, Gordy Doyle, Logan Strout — Lawrence High School

Best in Show

“Calamity” by Brian Schwabauer, Kevin Sikes — Shawnee Mission South High School

Comments

sk_in_ks 4 years, 7 months ago

I attended this event yesterday and was very impressed with the quality of films from high school students throughout the area. It was a good time, and great to see them all on the big screen at Liberty Hall!

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