Filmmakers in a Gray Area

Jack Safir ’19 and Kat Swander ’19 won the Teen Press HERO Award for their short documentary entitled “Gray Areas” after their visit to Tijuana, Mexico and the United States border with Mexico. “Gray Areas” marks the second consecutive HERO finalist award that has been received by students. The festival, in which winners of the […]

Alumna’s film chosen as a finalist in film festival

A short film written by Nicole Bahar ’18 was selected as a finalist for the People’s Choice Award in the MY HERO International Film Festival. The film, Āmrikā, follows an Iranian-American teen girl as she travels to Iran, her country of origin, to gather citizens’ opinions about America and to contrast Middle Eastern stereotypes. Bahar’s mentor […]

Gaulke to screen short film at DTLA Film Festival

Visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke produced and directed Gloria’s Call, a short film that will be screening at the Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles Film Festival on Oct. 21. film festivals in Michigan and internationally in Croatia and England, Gaulke said she’s excited to have a showing so close to home.  Gaulke will discuss her […]

Taking the World by Nord-Storm

Taking the World by Nord-Storm

Looking through the monitor of his Canon 80D, award-winning filmmaker Jack Nordstrom ’19 filmed as the license plate of his grandfather’s Jeep Wagoneer faded into the distance, signaling the closing shot of his original short film “Old Bloo.” Nordstrom said he first started filming on iMovie when he was about six years old and is […]

Students showcase films at SCREEN Festival

Student videographers Becca Frischling ’19, Xenia Bernal ’19, Kyle Reims ‘21 and Angel Hoyang ’18 will be showcasing films “Peace by Piece: The Story of Harry Davids” and “From Farm to Cup” at the second annual Screen Student Documentary Festival Feb. 25. 12 documentaries were chosen out of over 230 submissions to be screened at […]

Students attend film screening

Students attended a screening of “The Hunting Ground” Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. The screening was requested by a student. The movie is a documentary about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The creators of the film believe that colleges do not adequately address sexual assault cases as they should. […]

Video art teachers conduct interviews with 10 juniors for next year’s film festival directors

Video art teachers conducted interviews May 18 to select next year’s senior film festival directors, who will be announced this week. Ten juniors applied for the position. “We’re looking for people that are very organized because there’s lots of things to manage, like the submissions,” Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke said. “We get over […]

8 student-produced films and projects chosen for multiple national film festivals

Eight Harvard-Westlake student films were selected for screening at the Archer, Newport Beach and CineYouth film festivals. “Astro, Naught,” “Love and Music” and “The Story of Three Rings: A Memoir of Dana Schwartz” screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday. Katie Speare ’16 and Sacha Lin ’16 co-directed “Astro, Naught,” a music video […]

The best of the west: students to hold annual film festival

The best of the west: students to hold annual film festival

The WestFlix Film Festival will screen 15 student films at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood March 18. The festival celebrates the work of teen film directors and producers from across California. The event will occur from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. This year, festival directors renamed the “Harvard-Westlake Film Festival” […]

Sorkin to speak at Westflix

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Roxy ’19) will be the guest speaker at Westflix Film Festival March 18 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. The festival is open to the public, and tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Sorkin will be the first screenwriter to speak at the festival since […]