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SCS Film Festival showcases diverse array of student work

Nicole Arca
Sierra Canyon School hosted its 7th annual film festival last Friday, March 10th. The festival included films by students from SC, Viewpoint, and other Los Angeles high schools.



On Friday, March 10th, Sierra Canyon held its 7th annual film festival at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  

Seventeen short films were screened, seven of which were directed by Sierra Canyon students (Alina Aslanian, Jonathan Brooker, Brenna Bruggeman, Noelia Chacon, Wendy Fang, Iris Guo, Coco Hua, Amelia Liu, Sean Levitt, Samantha Perry, and Dale Wenren).

The festival also screened “Caliber,” directed by Sierra Canyon alumnus and festival founder, Michael Tanner Cusumano, who is in his final year at Chapman University.

This year’s winners represent a diverse group:

Best Documentary: "Querer es Poder" by Eun Seo Choi and Olivia Bautista
Best Experimental/Animated Film: "Astro, Naught" by Katie Speare
Michael Tanner Cusumano Award for Best Sierra Canyon film to "The Regulars" by Alina Aslanian
Best in Fest to "Let Go" by Francisco Cabrera
The festival also welcomed guest speaker Ruth Vitale, CEO of CreativeFuture and founder of Paramount Classics.

In a statement to SC's student newspaper The Standard, film teacher and festival committee head Mikael Romano describes the festival as a "celebration of the art and business of filmmaking" and "an opportunity [for students] to see the films being made by their peers on the big screen."

SC looks forward to another successful festival in spring 2018! Congratulations to Peter Wallis and Mikael Romano for planning this amazing event. 

Learn more about the SCS Film Festival here.
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.