Parish filmmakers got a chance to walk the red carpet and see their films on the big screen at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) at Studio Movie Grill/Spring Valley on May 6. The festival screens selected movies from local and global filmmakers. High school students from all over the region submit films to be represented in the DIFF Student Film Showcase. This year, Parish submitted four films in this category and all four were selected. It's the most invitations Parish has received since first submitting films starting in 2010.
"The showcase provides an opportunity for students to experience a red carpet interview, see their films in a commercial movie theatre and gain exposure," said Kevin Ash, Upper School Theatre. "It also provides them a valuable credit on their resume."
Each year, Parish film students come up with a concept and turn it into a script. From there, they create a fully developed short script which they film, direct and edit. Students can collaborate with classmates or work on their own. They all learn the process of taking a script from a rough draft to a finished film. Besides the DIFF festival, students are encouraged to submit films to several area festivals for high schools. This year, Parish students also showed films at the ISAS Festival as well as the St. Marks Film Festival. Parish has been active at other festivals in the past, including the South Asian Film Festival and the NTARUPT film festival and the EarthX festival.
"I'm extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments," noted Ash. "Next year we will be providing multiple opportunities for student films to be viewed, so keep watching!"
Congratulations to all of the Parish filmmakers!
ACE, TOO – Jackson Stuckey '19, Adam Klein '19, Rachel Bloom '18, Nicole Gillette '18, Jack Love '18, William Boisture '18, Blake Eisenberg '19
LOU GAINES ENTERTAINS YOU – Rebecca Dorward '19
LEARNING – Nicole Gillette '18
RUNAWAY CAMERA – Noah Love '20, Reid Boisture '20