Third annual Madeira School Film Festival celebrates community

May 20, 2014
Advanced Film class students organized the film festival

Advanced Film class students organized a fantastic third annual Madeira School Film Festival on Saturday May 3, 2014. The program featured door prizes, a movie trivia game, and many, many certificates and awards. Members of the class, under the direction of their instructor Krista Cowan, were Ingrid Boyum ’14, Sarah Kate Clarke ’17, Josey Dunbar ’17, Sierra Giles ’17, Mae Hunt ’17, Marina Jackson ’14, Perry Jones ’14, Miri Vela ’17, and Bet Villalobos ’14.

“This year, the class and I really wanted to engage the entire Madeira community,” explained Krista Cowan, film teacher and founder of the Madeira Film Festival. “Our students, and even faculty members, are creating great work. Whether they are class projects or just for fun, we wanted Madeira to have a place to showcase films.”

To create and interactive and inclusive feel to the event, the class organized the “Quick Flick Competition” which took place from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Three teams competed against each other to write, film and edit films in 80 minutes. Each team was given a genre, a prop, and a line of dialogue which they had to incorporate in the film. The judge was Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca who had a difficult time deciding between the three final films. In the end, the prize went to Team Victory for their fantastic horror film cinematography, among other successes. 

Students and guests were moved by keynote speaker and Emmy award-winning producer, Mimi Machado-Luces with her engaging storytelling. And girls were also thrilled to take photos with Jennifer Lawrence and Channing Tatum (cardboard cutouts), and snack on smoothies and popcorn.

Prior to the event, judges screened the films and submitted their choices for various award categories. The judging panel consisted of: Pilar Cabeza De Vaca, head of school; Tulio Campos, Madeira Spanish teacher and campus resident; Sarah Chasnovitz ’97, attorney and film enthusiast; Sasha Newman, technical director at Madeira; Ana Pantazi, coordinator of gifts and acknowledgements in the Madeira Development Office; Deb Wallwork ’72, independent documentary filmmaker; and Caitlin Williams, Madeira’s assistant athletic director. The prize list follows.

First Place Winner, with a $50 cash prize:  Mae Hunt ’17 for both of her films: Letters, a short fiction starring best actress winner, Izzy McMahon ’17, and Excel, a documentary on Madeira’s volunteer service program at the Excel Academy for Girls in Washington, D.C.

Second Place Winner, with a $25 cash prize:  Perry Jones ’14 for both of her films: Finding a Home, a documentary on an animal shelter and Love is Blind, a short fiction starring best actor winner Keil Keilhauer and Jeeho Ha ’17.

Third Place Winner, with a $25 cash prize:  Meagan Lane ’15 for her documentary Smoke and Mirrors, about the dangers of smoking.

Fourth Place Winner, with a gift certificate for iTunes and a Frozen poster: Ingrid Boyum ’14 for her documentary The Fast and Female, about women in athletics.

Other certificate winners:

  • Best ScreenplayJosey Hunt ’17 for Old News, starring Rebecca Zarahdnik, Nina Candia, and featuring Hunter Southworth and Andre Withers
  • Best CinematographyIsabel Conesa ’17 for her documentary Enjoy the Ride
  • Funniest:  Sarah Kate Clarke ’17 for her short fiction film Together Alone featuring best supporting actresses Monet Umana ’16 and Brianna Harrington ‘16
  • Most BelievableSierra Giles ’17 for her fiction film The Food Thief
  • Most DramaticBet Villalobos ’14 for her short fiction film Decisions featuring best supporting actor Rod Montrie
  • EditingMiri Vela ’17 for her fiction film Good Night and Good Luck
  • Most InspiringGrace Huang ’16 for her music video A Story
  • Most Educational:  Nora Canellakis ‘15, Elizabeth Leslie ’15, and Anna Weidinger ’16, for their documentary Isaac’s Space Journey
  • Best Use of LocationMarina Jackson ’14 for her short fiction film Black Pond Adventures
  • Most CreativeRebecca Brooks for her short film Ahh…
  • Best Use of Special EffectsMandy Margaret Reilly ’17 for her music video Sound Like Broken Records
  • Best Use of MusicMichelle Lee ’16 for her short horror film Anonymous
  • Audience Choice WinnersMae Hunt ‘17 for Letters and Perry Jones ‘14 for Love is Blind