Sacred Heart to recognize student filmmakers at festival

movie reel stockA new generation of filmmakers with fresh ideas will be featured at Convent of the Sacred Heart’s Fourth Annual Film Festival today, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s Lennie and John de Csepel Theater.

The event is free and open to the public and all are invited to view the documentaries, creative videos and public service announcements produced by 56 Upper School students in Sacred Heart’s broadcast program.

The festival will feature students who produced documentaries on a wide variety of subjects including Watson the computer, families who cope with Down Syndrome and a major fish warehouse. Additionally, 11 seniors will be honored for their work in the broadcast program during their high school career, and audience members will vote for their favorite film via text voting.

Student entries to the festival will be judged by an impressive group of experts who include Gary Cortell, Linda O’Bryon and Zoe Zellers. Mr. Cortell has more than two decades of experience in film, video and television with an emphasis on high-end TV production and marketing services. Currently, he is the creator and producer of television programs, advertising and marketing campaigns for Smart Consumer TV and Cortell Communications. His latest includes The American Investor and Extreme Make-Over, Home Edition. Additionally, he has produced several national PBS documentaries, network and cable programs.

Ms. O’Bryon, an Emmy award-winner and PBS board member, is president and chief executive officer of South Carolina ETV. She is founding executive editor of Nightly Business Report, which has been a mainstay on national public television for more than 30 years. Ms. O’Bryon was also recognized as one of the most influential women in the San Francisco Bay Area for her work as the chief content officer at KQED in California by San Francisco Business Times and last fall, she was elected to the PBS board of directors.

Ms. Zellers, a 2006 graduate of Sacred Heart, has spent her time working in television, journalism, fashion, and modeling. She got her start in television as an NBC Dateline intern and co-anchor of New York University’s Tonight show. Locally, she has worked as an associate producer for Channel 12 News. Additionally, she recently served as a fashion commentator on a Project Runway-style television pilot.

Convent of the Sacred Heart’s Film Festival is dedicated to the development of young filmmakers and audiences. Through the school’s broadcast program, the festival seeks to discover, support and inspire Sacred Heart students to become effective 21st-century communicators.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be available. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. Awards will be presented later that evening. If planning to attend, RSVP the studio’s director, Ellyn Stewart, at [email protected]

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