NT film travels to the big screen at NYC festival



T film at the 6th annual All American High School Film Festival

Four New Trier student films were featured on the big screen in New York City this month as part of the All American High School Film Festival, the world’s largest high school film, photography, and media arts festival.

Eleven film students traveled to the festival in NYC, which took place Oct. 5-7.

Senior Olivia Luna had two films selected for the festival: a public service announcement titled “Oversharing” produced with seniors Marion Madanguit and Lilly Meehan-Egan, and a short film titled “No New Messages.”

Junior Eleanor De Fer’s short film, “Ribbon,” and senior Ben Senior’s short film, “Velveeta,” were also selected.

The selected films were screened at the AMC theater in Times Square. Junior Jules Brown, sophomore Diego Consalvi, junior Isabel Dolan, sophomore George Dowd, sophomore Brendan Hollis, senior Eric Pirrie Villalobos, senior Michael Vongher, and sophomore Ryan Zabors also attended.

“Our long-term goal is to continue to submit, have multiple films selected annually, and win awards as well,” said media teacher James Syrek.

“There are specific awards presented at the Teen Indies Awards Ceremony that come with scholarship money, and my goal is for our students to be nominated in these categories, win and receive the support they deserve to pursue their filmmaking dreams,” said Syrek.

Students also went on an NBC studio tour during the trip, after which they met with NT alum Arthur Meyer ’02, Supervising Writer at “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Meyer spoke to students about his path to film production from high school to Boston University, and then to a career in television.

In high school, Meyer was a theatre student and was involved with “No Questions Asked” improv troupe.

“Our group represented the best of New Trier throughout the weekend via their professionalism, support of fellow peers, enthusiasm towards attending panels and workshops, as well as networking with other filmmakers from schools around the country,” said Syrek.