OCTOBER 10 - 14 • 19th ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
That's a wrap on the Woodstock Film Festival's Summer Youth Lab 2018! Held at the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, NY, students had the opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process from film industry professionals over the span of three weeks.
Each day had a different mentor come in to talk with the students about different parts of filmmaking. These mentors included filmmaker Alex Smith (Slaughter Rule, Winter in the Blood, Walking Out); Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, I’m Dying Up Here); Sound recordist and mixer Carl Welden; NYU film professor and filmmaker Janet Grillo (Fly Away, Jack and the Red Hearts) ; Academy Award winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated, God Loves Uganda); grip and lighting technician Greg Meola, owner of Company 1 Productions; film editor, producer and director Sabine Hoffman (Maggie’s Plan, Elvis & Nixon); actor/PA Jeremiah Wenutu who spoke about about production assistant jobs; still photographer and Operations Coordinator at Woodstock Film Festival Jacob Hutchings who spoke about line producing; and composer Peter Wexler, who has been working in the performing arts for six decades. After conceptualizing and writing, students then filmed and edited their original projects.
After a visit at Radio Kingston where the students were interviewed live on the radio by the radio's executive director Jimmy Buff, the students, teachers and teacher assistants went back to the Center for Creative Education and got ready for their "closeup"; the screening of their films in front of many of their family members and friends. And so we all got to see three wonderfully unique, thoughtful and accomplished films that were written, directed, produced, acted, composed and edited by the teenage students. We are so proud of each one of them. For those interested, these films will be screened also at the Woodstock Film Festival this October.
The Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab was made possible with support from an anonymous donor.