Atascocita High School AV/Production students selected as finalist in high school film fest



Atascocita High School Animation/Video Production students were selected to join high school students from all over the world at the 2017 All American High School Festival in New York City.


Each year the film festival reviews hundreds of high school student film and production work to be screened and judged by professional actors and producers in the film industry. Atascocita High School AV/Production students had seven works accepted for screening during the film festival. Accepted works included two animations, one animated documentary, two music videos and two photographs.


The film festival offers high school students interested in film an opportunity to attend workshops, panels and network with other high school students. The event also hosts a college fair where students are able to speak with recruiters about film opportunities at the college-level.


Prior to the film festival, the students had an opportunity to apply for the three-day shoot and edit film invitational. To compete in the Film Invitational Experience, the students were tasked with filming a movie while in New York City. The students edited and produced the film, “The Last Episode,” in Brooklyn, New York with the help of their classmates from home. The movie was filmed in only 56 hours.


Joey Hunt, Atascocita High School senior, directed “The Last Episode” with the help of his team members Mary Jane McCain, Antonio Campos, Omar Angel Medina, Casey Anders, Amanda Golla, and Maddi Laurento. Alexis Erdo and Garrett Houghton were not able to travel to New York City but helped with pre-production. The students managed all aspects of the short film which included script writing, location scouting, casting, shoots and more. The team was named the runner up out of 31 films.


“I’m proud of our students and they are motivated to get started on their next big projects,” Ann Wehrman, Atascocita High School Animation and Game Design teacher, said.


After receiving positive feedback in New York City the students are now looking forward to submitting new work to the SXSW High School Film Festival.


2017 All American High School Festival Selections:

The Lone Wolf

The Reasons you are Beautiful


Back to Fall

The Share Fire

Photographs by Joey Hunt