If you have been to Anna High School recently, you may have seen students around the halls with cameras and other professional grade equipment filming and acting — and you may have wondered why.
On Monday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m., AHS students filed into the auditorium. The occasion was a light one, as the Audio Visual students under the direction of head AV teacher Randall Kramen presented their third annual Anna High School Film Festival showcasing the films and music videos that fellow students had been working on all year.
The students and teachers took their seats to watch the many films that the different AV classes had prepared. In total there were about 20 films that were screened, broken up into four different categories — music videos, horror, action/drama and comedy.
“It was really cool to watch how talented our school is and the abilities that these students have,” said freshman Michael Burnside.
After watching each film, the students and teachers were given a ballot in which they had the chance to vote for what they thought was the best in each respective category.
“I think that students enjoyed it more this year than last,” said student filmmaker Andrew Fincik. “Our purpose was to show that everyone in our class can create amazing products and I think we accomplished that.”
An added feature to this year’s production was that the festival was not only throughout the school day but open to the community the same night with a showing at 7 p.m. The winners of each category were announced in an award-show-type presentation at this time.
“We wanted parents and those in the community to see what we can do and spread the word,” said Kramen. “ It gave our students a better testing opportunity with a more mature audience.”
The winners of each category are as follows; Music Video: “Rivers and Roads,” Action/Drama “Psychosis Cocktail,” Comedy “Guatemala’s Got Talent,” and Horror “Dark Reflection”.
Throughout the next couple of days students again were given the chance to vote for the “Best of Fest,” the film that they thought was deserving of the title.
Ultimately, senior Jenna Agerlid and her music video “Rivers and Roads” ended up winning the 2018 title of “Best of Fest.” Her video was a collection of videos taken through her lens of what her final year at Anna High School looked like.
“I thought that it would be cool to do a video where I took a second length of footage every single day throughout the duration of my senior year and compile them all together,” said Agerlid. “It was really cool to be able to not only win my category, but to be chosen as the best film out there, especially since it was my last year on campus.”
The filmmakers at AHS are just scratching the surface of what’s to come in the future as there will be more film fests and video opportunities not only at the school but in the community to come.
This growing success in the AV department will make the film festivals at AHS a can’t miss spectacle that everyone is going to want to be a part of in the future.
“Overall the festival was a slam dunk, this year’s films were remarkable… so many talented student filmmakers finding success in everything they’re doing,” said Kramen. “We are developing a very strong program.”