Four Midway High School audio-visual production graduates were selected to attend this year’s All-American High School Film Festival this fall in New York City.
It was announced on Oct. 8 that the students’ film “70 Days. Midway Football Hype” won first place in the action sports category.
The AAHSFF is the largest high school film festival in the world and is a key destination for student filmmakers. Students have the opportunity to have their work recognized by filmmakers, actors, and producers at the AMC in Times Square. In addition to a college fair where the students can speak to the top film schools in the nation, there is a technology showcase, workshops and panels.
Hannah Wang, Keaton Loudamy, Matthew Rieger and Jon Ly produced the film late in their senior year at Midway High, but the competition did not culminate until this fall after they had graduated.
Midway High School’s audio-visual teacher is Tanya Lacy.
In addition, seven Midway AV production students participated in the 48 Hour Film Festival this summer in Dallas. Their film “The Perfect Guy” won second place for Best Film, just missing the top prize of a trip to Paris, France, after the judges deliberated for more than 45 minutes.
At the festival, videography students gather for a 48-hour dash to write, shoot and edit a short film. Once they have completed their films, they are screened at a local theater in front of judges, an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.
Consideration for Best Film is judged by film critics, professional producers, actors and other filmmakers from all over the world. The criteria are artistic merit, technical merit and adherence to the assignment.
The students on Midway’s team were Garrett Williams, Cade Tindell, Andrew Dittmann, Keaton Loudamy, Hannah Wang, Jack Saxon, Madeline Johnson, Braxton Williams, Landry Luker, Jonah Hardt and Sophia Tullos. The actors, students from MHS Theater, were Peyton Hodges, Andy Kanz, Joey Hogins, Bethany Neubert and Nick Marquez.