Student Rwanda film wins award at Malibu Teen Film Festival

The student documentary “The Rhythm of Healing” won one of three awards given after being displayed at the Malibu Teen Film Festival Jan. 9.

“The Rhythm of Healing” was directed by Imani Cook-Gist ’15 and edited by Danielle Stolz ’15.

The film is based on the Investigative Journalism Adventure to Rwanda trip last spring. The film explores the significance of music and the healing power it has in Rwanda.

“Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes,” a film made by Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke’s Righteous Conversations students also won one of the awards.

Located at the Malibu Civic Theater, the event showcased 27 films, 15 made by Harvard-Westlake students.

The films included numerous topics such as public service announcements, poetry videos, documentaries and narratives.

“I think it’s really impressive,” Gaulke said. “It shows the quality of our work and the diversity of our work. We do so many different kinds of things from the Rwanda documentaries to domestic violence PSAs to Righteous Conversations PSAs.”

The judges were Michael Ferris, a cinematographer who worked on “Die Hard”, “Spiderman 3” and “X-Men: First Class”,” Joshua Malina, actor in “The West Wing,” and Skip Chaisson, producer of “Unstoppable.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story misidentified one of the judges as Michael Ferris, who wrote “Terminator 3.”

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