The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

“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...

Alumna’s film chosen as a finalist in film festival

Khyra Stiner November 16, 2018

A short film written by Nicole Bahar ’18 was selected as a finalist for the People’s Choice Award in the MY HERO International Film Festival. The film, Āmrikā, follows an Iranian-American teen girl...

Gaulke to screen short film at DTLA Film Festival

Sarah Reiff October 20, 2018

Visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke produced and directed Gloria's Call, a short film that will be screening at the Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles Film Festival on Oct. 21. The film uses both...

Nordstrom drives his grandfather’s Jeep Wagoner with his brother in the ending scene of the short film.

Taking the World by Nord-Storm

Kaelyn Bowers February 13, 2018

Looking through the monitor of his Canon 80D, award-winning filmmaker Jack Nordstrom ’19 filmed as the license plate of his grandfather’s Jeep Wagoneer faded into the distance, signaling the closing...

Students showcase films at SCREEN Festival

Jenny Li March 2, 2017

Student videographers Becca Frischling ’19, Xenia Bernal ’19, Kyle Reims ‘21 and Angel Hoyang ’18 will be showcasing films “Peace by Piece: The Story of Harry Davids” and “From Farm to Cup”...

Students attend film screening

Tiffany Kim May 31, 2016

Students attended a screening of “The Hunting Ground” Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. The screening was requested by a student. The movie is a documentary about the issue of sexual...

Video art teachers conduct interviews with 10 juniors for next year’s film festival directors

Danielle Spitz May 27, 2016

Video art teachers conducted interviews May 18 to select next year’s senior film festival directors, who will be announced this week. Ten juniors applied for the position. “We’re looking for people...

8 student-produced films and projects chosen for multiple national film festivals

Aaron Park April 30, 2016

Eight Harvard-Westlake student films were selected for screening at the Archer, Newport Beach and CineYouth film festivals. “Astro, Naught,” “Love and Music” and “The Story of Three Rings: A...

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