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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Best Flicks at Westflix

Best Flicks at Westflix

Georgia Goldberg, Assistant A&E Editor March 24, 2022

The lights of the TCL Chinese Theatre shine upon actor and filmmaker Jordan Peele as he announces the 11 student films about to be showcased at Westflix. Westflix is a student-organized film festival that...

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Short film exhibition opens on campus

Becca Berlin December 22, 2021

Video Art II students present 30 surrealist short films during an impromptu gallery exhibition in Feldman Horn Gallery on Dec. 14. The event, open through Dec. 17, features back-to-back screenings of the...

During the filming of his short film, which is called “A Second Chance,” Alejandro Lombard ’23 oversees a vehicle collision scene in which two actors lie on the ground, playing dead. Lombard and the rest of his team shot and edited the short film over the course of four weeks. Printed with permission of Alejandro Lombard.

Student hosts film screening

Davis Marks December 16, 2021

Alejandro Lombard ’23 hosted a community screening of his original film "A Second Chance" in Ahmanson Lecture Hall Thursday. Lombard said the film focuses on the experiences of teenagers during the...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

Cinema Sunday discusses film noir “Pickup on South Street”

Vasilia Yordanova December 15, 2021

Jazz bassist and self-taught film enthusiast Mike Merritt discussed the 1953 film “Pickup on South Street” during Cinema Sunday on Dec. 12. Cinema Sundays are discussions of films hosted by Performing...

Illustration by Sydney Fener

Cinema Sunday discusses new drama film “MASS”

Vasilia Yordanova November 4, 2021

Writer and director Fran Kranz ’00 discussed his new drama film “MASS” during Cinema Sunday on Oct. 24. Cinema Sundays are discussions of films hosted by Performing Arts teacher Ted Walch. Each...

Olivia Chuba 12 speaks on Zoom to school community members about Edith Heads costuming career.

Alumna addresses costumes at Cinema Sunday

Grant Park October 21, 2021

Olivia Chuba ’12 joined Cinema Sundays on Sunday, featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s "Rear Windows," with a closer look at the film’s costume designer Edith Head and her work on the film. Cinema Sunday...

English department holds virtual showing of documentary “When the Levees Broke”

James Hess and Annabelle Nickoll May 11, 2021

The Upper School English department screened Spike Lee’s film documentary "When the Levees Broke" on Zoom May 8. The event served as contextual material for Jesmyn Ward’s novel "Salvage the Bones,"...

Downfalls High Drops on YouTube

“Downfalls High” Drops on YouTube

Natasha Speiss March 19, 2021

Flashes of a medical bracelet. A deep voice narrates how “sometimes you can love somebody or something so much that people will think you’re crazy.” A teen gets out of a medical hospital while newscasters...

Relating movies to life: enduring quarantine through film

Relating movies to life: enduring quarantine through film

Annie Beckman June 3, 2020

Growing up, I was always a TV show kind of gal. My parents never encouraged me to watch movies as a young child. My first PG-13 movie was actually at age thirteen and it was “The Devil Wears Prada.” Although...

A Whole New World: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” recasted

Jordan Murray August 28, 2019

Classic Disney movie, "The Little Mermaid," is being remade with the intent to reflect diversity in its cast. As movies begin giving black women a more prominent voice in Hollywood, students comment...

Annie Wendorf  ’19 and Jack Safir ’19 interview performing arts teacher Ted Walch, visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke and visual arts teacher Jesse Chehak ’97 at the Westflix red carpet premier. The event featured writer and director Bo Burnham. Credit: Caitlin Chung

Westflix hosts professional filmmakers, speakers

Caitlin Chung March 24, 2019

Bo Burnham, a comedian, writer and director of the movie “Eighth Grade,” spoke about his experience in the entertainment industry at the annual Westflix festival March 15. Five upper school student...

Filmmakers in a Gray Area

Joanna Im December 12, 2018

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...

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