Springside Chestnut Hill Academy filmmakers recently enjoyed a huge thrill when their entry in the Greenfield Youth Film Festival took the top honor in the “narrative” category. Chosen from a field of 107 film entries, “A Good List” was the work of video production students senior Stephen Skeel and junior Harrison Tracy.
Their mentor and teacher is Dr. Ellen Fishman-Johnson, Apple Distinguished Educator, director of the Arts and New Media Department chair as well as an accomplished composer. The duo worked for over three months on the project, which is an adaptation of a poem by Brad Leithauser and features the filmmaker’s sister, Winslow Tracy ’23, as she considers a list of the things she has never done.
On the film festival, which attracted nearly 1,000 film buffs to its award ceremony, Michael Pladus, superintendent of schools of the School District of Upper Dublin, says, “In my nearly thirty years as a school principal or superintendent, the Greenfield Youth Film Festival stands out as a true highlight, and serves as a reminder of the amazing things that can be accomplished when a vision, belief in students, and a love of the arts is matched with financial support and caring to help make dreams come true.”
The Greenfield Youth Film Festival began four years ago out of an effort to give aspiring high school filmmakers an outlet for their work and an opportunity for them to learn from and be inspired by working film professionals, college professors, and other experts in the field.
The ceremony was held at the Upper Dublin High School and the top honor comes with a glass trophy and $500 cash prize. This award is the third in four years for students in the video production classes at SCH.