Film festivals to screen student films

By Rachel Schwartz and Emily Segal

Two public service announcements featuring Holocaust survivors created by students who are part of the Righteous Conversations Project will be shown on April 29 at the Newport Film Festival Youth Film Showcase, and five student-made films will be featured in the Archer Film Festival on May 11.

Rebecca Hutman ’12 created the PSA “Learn the Difference” about ethical consumerism with Adam Yaron ’16 and Crossroads student India Wilson. The second PSA, “Love our Families,” created by Xochi Maberry-Gaulke ’12, Gabby Trujillo ’12 and Marlborough student Anjoum Agrama, points out that all kinds of families exist and love each other.

“We’re trying to send messages to people and all of these festivals are places where people can see our message,” Hutman said.

The Archer Film Festival will screen five student-created films, including “She’s A Doll” by Robert Vega ’11, “Let Down” by Chelsea Khakshouri ’12, “Learn the Difference” by Hutman, Wilson (Crossroads School) and Yaron and “A Day” by Jacob Weiss ’13. They were created during various Harvard-Westlake programs including Video Art 2, Video Art 3, Summer Film Program, and Righteous Conversations Project, under visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke.

The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater and will include a red carpet reception and a speech by keynote speaker Nina Jacobson.