Pine Crest School Filmmakers Win Grant to Produce Web Series

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The students’ submission, “Modern Escalation,” is a six-minute short film that features a young man who makes a risky decision posting a questionable comment to social media.

The film follows his experience with the consequences of his actions. “Modern Escalation” was named one of eight finalists in the Film Invitational (out of 28 schools) and was chosen by AT&T and Fullscreen to receive a $25,000 grant to create a web series about cyberbullying.

Pine Crest Upper School filmmakers were accepted into the second Film Invitational Competition hosted by the All American High School Film Festival. This film team had to create a story about cyberbullying and were given 10 weeks of preproduction and exclusive permits to iconic locations in New York City for shooting.

The students led by Kerri-Anne Alexanderson, Film Instructor, and Dave Burgess, Director of Digital Media Production Department, flew to New York where they filmed their short film over three days. The last two days of their time in New York, students attended screenings viewing films from high school filmmakers from around the world, and networked with award winning filmmaker and festival founder Andrew Jenks and other prominent industry members as well as other aspiring young filmmakers.

“Modern Escalation” starred Kathleen Tripp and Alberto Gonzalez with a cameo by Mr. Dave Burgess, Sebastian Bell ’17, Alexander Edep ’17, and Jodie Kahan ’17. The film team is comprised of: Sebastian Bell ’17 (Casting/Actor), Sebastian Crist ’17 (AC/Sound Engineer), Ryan Felberbaum ’18 (Original Score/Grip), Justin Danzansky ’17 (Director of Photography/Graphics), Alexander Edep ’17 (Editor/Producer), Jodie Kahan ’17 (Producer/Actress), and Seth Kelman ’17 (Director/Writer).

Alexander Edep ’17 and Seth Kelman ’17 also had films that were official selections in the festival. Click here to read more about their selected works.

The Sun Sentinel published a story about the students and may be viewed by clicking here.

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