Sophomore’s short film gains recognition

By Rachel Schwartz

“Bookstore,” a short film entirely written, edited, directed and produced by Alex Haney ’14, 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 ’14, in charge of the bookstore for a week, as she tries to impress her advisor. It features Angela Haney ’14, Alex Haney himself, Joshi, Greg Lehroff ’14, Sophia Lopez ’14 and Angus O’Brien ’14. Alex Haney, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, said he suddenly came up with the idea one afternoon.

“I didn’t do any homework that night and wrote it all down for like three hours,” Haney said.

With the help of friends Henry Han ’14 as director of photography and Michele Lee ’14 managing props, Haney coordinated the project to be almost entirely student run, except for visual arts department chair Cheri Gaulke’s participation as executive producer. She is also Haney’s video art teacher.

“I’m really proud,” Haney said of the recognition his film has received.