Students showcase short films

William Seymour

Multiple films by Harvard-Westlake filmmakers will be highlighted in the Los Angeles Student Film Festival from March 25 -27. The North Hollywood CineFest will host the festival, which Los Angeles city councilman Paul Krekorian started six years ago. The screenings are free and do not require tickets.

Students created the films through school programs, Summer Film, Righteous Conversations Project and Digital Storytelling Adventures. Students also submitted films created during their Senior Independent Study semesters and Video Art III classes.

These films include “Hold the Sun in Your Hands: The Erika Jacoby Story,” “What Do You Reach For?,” “Storm Drain,” “Honey, Baby, Doll,” “Signal,” “Mom,” “In Time,” “First Love,” “Glass Mirrors,” “Mario” and “Mayan Dreams Through Education.”

“I am proud of all the students whose films have been selected,” visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke said. “One thing that makes me especially proud is the range of programs represented and the range of work. [There are] narratives like comedy and drama, international documentaries, social justice films and experimental works.”

Students also said they are pleased that their work has paid off.

“It feels really, really great to be a part of a festival that is so well respected,” Lucca Dohr ’20 said. “I am also so excited to attend the festival and see all of the other great films that will be screened.”