Screenings in NYC Oct. 4 – 6
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Julianna Negron, Leo Gallagher and Stephanie Cherng, high school filmmakers from Brooklyn, are official selections for the All-American High School Film Festival, taking place in New York City for the first time October 4 - 6. Their films were three of 84 selections from a pool of over 1,000 films representing the top young filmmakers from around the world.
In “Temporary Home,” Julianna Negron, a sophomore at Brooklyn Community High School of Communications, Arts, and Media, shows viewers what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.
Leo Gallagher, a junior at Packer Collegiate, is presenting the enigmatic “Cycle Two.” Leo is also a Scholastic Art Gold Key winner in art/animation.
Stephanie Cherng, a junior at Midwood High School is the director of “Rouge Blood,” a documentary about her father’s experience during the Cambodian genocide in the 70s.
The festival takes place at the AMC Theaters in Times Square and offers six screening loops, panel discussions featuring acclaimed filmmakers, professors and industry insiders, a technology showcase, college fair, musical performances, and the east coast premiere of Relativity Studio's “Romeo and Juliet.”
Judges include top Hollywood talent: Diablo Cody (“Juno”), Dylan McDermott (“Hostages”), Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), Edward Burns (“Saving Private Ryan”), Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”), Henry Winkler (“Arrested Development”) Danny Rose (“Scrubs”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost”).
The festival is the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks. His films have been distributed by HBO and ESPN and most recently had a critically acclaimed documentary series, “World of Jenks” on MTV.
Jenks said the entries this year blew him away. “I am thrilled that the festival will connect talented students with valuable resources."