By Rachel Schwartz
“Bookstore,” a short film entirely written, edited, directed and produced by Alex Haney â14, was selected to be screened at both the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the Sacramento International Film Festival. The film was also featured in the Harvard-Westlake Film Festival.
Set in the upper school bookstore, the film follows a precocious high school student, Tara, played by Tara Joshi â14, in charge of the bookstore for a week, as she tries to impress her advisor. It features Angela Haney â14, Alex Haney himself, Joshi, Greg Lehroff â14, Sophia Lopez â14 and Angus OâBrien â14. Alex Haney, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, said he suddenly came up with the idea one afternoon.
“I didnât do any homework that night and wrote it all down for like three hours,” Haney said.
With the help of friends Henry Han â14 as director of photography and Michele Lee â14 managing props, Haney coordinated the project to be almost entirely student run, except for visual arts department chair Cheri Gaulkeâs participation as executive producer. She is also Haneyâs video art teacher.
“Iâm really proud,” Haney said of the recognition his film has received.