Student films chosen for screenings at festivals across the country

Jivani Gengatharan

Several films created by students from and outside of Harvard-Westlake as part of the summer film program and during the school year will be screened at three different film festivals. These festivals include the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City from June 5 to June 9, the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28, and the Boston LGBT Film Festival from May 2 to May 12.
Eight Harvard-Westlake films were selected for the Newport Beach Film Festival, two were selected for the Boston LGBT Film Festival, and three were selected for the deadCENTER Film Festival.
Students whose films will be showcased in the three festivals are Sarah Jensen ’14, Sophia Lopez ’14, Patric Verrone ’13, Amanda Reiter ’14, Alexander Haney ’14, Natalie Markiles ’13, and Rebecca Moretti ’13. A film created by Allan Sasaki and Alyssa Sherwood’s Photo I class and a film created alumna Xochi Maberry-Gaulke ’12 will be screened as well.
“It’s really exciting to have people recognize all the work I put into the film and give it more exposure,” Amanda Reiter ’14 said.
The deadCENTER Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival both encourage artistic freedom of expression and through their selection of films.
The Boston LGBT Film Festival “entertains, enriches and enlightens all audiences in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities” and hopes to create a greater sense of awareness in LGBT and LGBT-friendly societies, according to the festival’s website.
“It’s great to have my film featured in a festival, especially since it’s so close to home that I can actually go and see it up on the big screen,” Rebecca Moretti ’13 said. “It’s satisfying to see a project that you started from scratch get national recognition.”