By Hana Al-Henaid
Three films won awards at the sixth annual Harvard-Westlake Film Festival at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome on March 20. Thirteen films were selected from about 140 entrees to be screened at the fesitval, Video Art teacher Nancy Popp said.
Four films featured at the festival were submitted by Harvard-Westlake students, three of which were recognized. Kyle Kleinbartâs â09 “A True War Story” received the Lizzie award for Cinematography, Justin Levine â09 and Jack Hestonâs â09 “Untouchable” recieved the Humanitarian Award in Honor of Lizzie Barcay â07, and Michael Diamant â09 and Michael Stamplerâs â09 “Conflict in the Middle Table” received the Lizzie Award for Directing. Romina DâAllesandroâs â10 “Care,” initially intended for the Character Counts competition for a Video Art I class was also screened in the festival.
“Water Damage,” submitted by Kellen Moore from Moorpark High School, won the Lizzie Award for Best Overall.
Of all the short films submitted, student co-chairs Lauren Bailey â09 and Jonathan Haile â09 selected around 40 for viewing by a committee of judges. With the help of faculty co-chairs Cheri Gaulke and Ted Walch, thirteen were selected and featured.
Prior to the public screening, the 13 films were anonymously sent to festival judges, including director Oliver Stone (Tara â14), producer Martha DeLaurentiis (Carolina â06, Dina â09), actress Rita Wilson, producer Jeb Brody, Larry Charles (Sophie â04, Pearl â09, Zelda Wengrod â13), producer Bill Gerber (Emma â12) and founder of the festival, Elizabeth Yale â04, for whom the Lizzie Awards are named.
This yearâs guest speaker, actor Tom Hanks, congratulated Yale and encouraged the participants to continue making films.