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    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program 

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    Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, students from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program have won hundreds of awards at regional, national, and international film festivals. Based on their portfolios they have won honors from the National YoungArts Foundation and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (at the Northwest Emmy Awards) and consistently gained admission to prestigious college film and television programs, sometimes with large scholarships and advanced placement. (Recent graduates have gone on to the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, Chapman University, Columbia College of Chicago, Emerson College, Loyola Marymount University, New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Southern California – all college programs ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as among the best for film and television production in the world.) They have also been invited to show their work and make presentations at the Seattle Art Museum, numerous film festivals, and conferences. The program has provided professional production internships through a variety of media organizations and businesses, television shows, and feature films. A Professional Advisory Committee supports the program.


    How to Apply

    The Digital Filmmaking Program is open to BHS students of all grades. Students planning to pursue degrees or careers in film/television production, broadcast journalism, art, advertising, media studies, or public relations should enroll no later than their sophomore year to begin to build a portfolio that meets college and industry application requirements. To enter the Program, an application is required for the two semester class. Students successfully completing each year of the program are invited to apply for the next. The program is potentially four years, giving students the opportunity to build diverse portfolios. The classes are electives, fulfill either the Fine Art or the Occupational Education requirement, and result in a digital portfolio.
    Please refer to the Ballard High School Course Catalog pdf icon for more information.


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    BHS Digital Filmmaking Program

    View the Digital Filmmaking Program's website View Program Films Digital Filmmaking Awards & Honors List

    Contact: Matt Lawrence
    Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking 206-252-1117 or mplawrence@seattleschools.org


    Digital Filmmaking Program Application pdf icon
    8th Graders applications were due on 5/11/18 to enter the Digital Filmmaking Program in the 9th Grade.
    Current Ballard HS 9th Graders applications were due 3/23/18 to enter Digital Film in the 10th Grade.

    Ballard Film Festivals | PAC | 7pm | Mark Your Calendars!

    • Saturday, February 9, 2019 and Saturday, June 15, 2019

    Everyone is invited to these screenings of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be sold at the door.  Funds raised will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. Past films that had their premiere at the BFF have gone on to honors from prestigious national and international film festivals, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Many of these films can now be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram



    BREAKING NEWS & PAST PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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    BALLARD FILM STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL AWARDS FROM ACADEMY
    When the envelopes were opened at Emerson College in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that students from Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program had won three National Student Production Awards.

    Best Short Form Non-Fiction film went to On the Backs of Salmon, by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins, and Miles Whitworth. The documentary is about the struggle of the Elwha people to remove the dam that flooded their creation site and blocked the salmon essential to their way of life. The students produced the film for IMAX, and it premiered at the United Nations’ World Environment Day. Best Short Form Fiction film and best Editing went to Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek and Bailey Wall. It concerns a dealer in stolen emotions who has a crisis of conscience. It premiered at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City last fall. 

    This is the third year NATAS has given student awards at the national level, and the third year Ballard film students have been among the winners. Only a minority of regional winners from 19 Academy chapters across the country are nominated at the national level. In addition to the three winners, Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking students were also nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction film (Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted and Freeman Marshall), best Writing (Richard, writing by Wylie Soltes), and best Audio/Sound (Paul, Dark, and Handsome, audio by Cole Kastner). The films were judged by members of the Academy. All the honored Ballard films can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo channel.

    For more information, and to screen the awards presentation, visit http://emmyonline.com/nationalstudent.

    All of Ballard’s honored productions were first screened at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). The next BFF will be on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.



    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences(NATAS) has nominated studentsNational Emmy graphic in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for six National Student Production Awards. Members of the Academy selected the nominees from regional winners produced by students throughout the nation.

    Altogether, nine productions by students in the Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska) were nominated for national awards.

    The awards will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Thursday, October 18 at noon, and will be hosted by television personality Tom Bergeron, star of AVC’s Dancing with the Stars. You can view the presentation at https://www.facebook.com/TheEmmys.

    Ballard’s nominations reflect the diverse skills students learn in the program. These productions can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram. Here are Ballard’s national nominations by category.

    Best Short Form Fiction Film:
    Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall

    Best Short Form Non-Fiction Film:
    On the Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller

    Best Long Form Non-Fiction Film:
    Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall

    Best Editor:
    Bottled Emotions, Editing by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall

    Best Audio/Sound:
    Paul, Dark, and Handsome, Audio by Cole Kastner

    Best Writer:
    Richard, Writing by Wylie Soltes

     


    INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SCREEN FILMS BY BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS | October 2018

     

    Film Student "Doubt" Movie

    Erik Stone in Doubts

    Five films by 15 students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been selected to screen at the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City. The event runs October 5-8 at the Center for Social Innovation, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater.

    Prestigious judges such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, producer/screenwriter Carlton Cuse, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott evaluated the films.

    Below, by category, are the Official Selections produced by Ballard’s film students:
    COMEDY
    Paul, Dark & Handsome by Miles Andersen, Ellie Dynes, Cole Kastner & Jesse Romero

    DOCUMENTARY
    Oso Strong by Freeman Marshall & Maddie Lausted

    DRAMA
    Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase & Aidan Jereczek
    Doubts by Liam Bonds, Zach Boone & Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas

    EXPERIMENTAL
    City’scape by Jonathan Bowers, Brendan Hickey & Gracie Morris
    BHS Filmmakers Win Big at the NW Emmy Awards  | June 2018

    Emmys 2018 Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program won seven High School Awards of Excellence at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 9.

     

    Best Long Form Non-Fiction film went to Oso Strong, a documentary about the deadliest landslide in US history by Maddie Lausted and Freeman Marshall.

    Best Short Form Non-Fiction film went to On the Backs of Salmon, a project the students produced for IMAX that tells the story of the Elwha Dam removal. It was produced by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller.

    Best Short Form Fiction film went to Bottled Emotions, by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall.

    Best Writer went to Wylie Soltes for his work on Richard, the story of a growing friendship between a mechanic and an alien.

    Best Audio/Sound went to Cole Kastner for his work on Paul, Dark & Handsome.

    In the category of best Photographer/Editor, there was a tie between two Ballard productions, so the award went to Bottled Emotions (photography and editing by Zach Boone, editing by PJ Hase, Aiden Jereczek & Bailey Wall) and to City’scape (photography and editing by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers & Gracie Morris). This is the seventh year in a row that Ballard students have won the award for best Photographer/Editor.

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presents High School Awards of Excellence to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Professional members of the Academy select the nominees and winners.


    BALLARD FILM FESTIVAL | 2017-18

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    The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium. The screening will feature short comedies and dramas as well as Public Service Announcements. Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program

    Past films that had their premiere at the BFF have gone on to honors from prestigious national and international film festivals, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
      


    ACADEMY HONORS BHS FILM STUDENTS WITH 19 NOMINATIONS | June 2018

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence. Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned 19 nominations. These NATAS Iconawards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. The winners will be announced on June 9 at the 55th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.

    Ballard’s nominations span eight categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. In the categories of best Writer and best Audio/Sound, every production nominated was by Ballard’s film students. This is the twelfth year in a row that Ballard High School film students have been nominated by the Academy. Last year they received 17 nominations.

    All the nominated productions had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester. The next BFF will be Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.

    News of these nominations comes on the heels of big wins at the annual Northwest High School Film Festival, held May 2, where the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program students led the pack of winners with 13 awards and honors across six different categories. For more details on this festival and the awards, visit the Ballard Digital Filmmaking program website. One of the Ballard films nominated by NATAS - the short documentary Building Solutions - will also be featured at the Seattle International Film Festival later this month.

    Here’s the list of NATAS nominations by category:
    Many of these productions can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.

    Best Short Form Fiction:
    Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall
    Paul, Dark, and Handsome by Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner
    Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

    Best Short Form Non-Fiction:
    Building Solutions by Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leake, Elliott Atkinson & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn
    On the Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller

    Best Long Form Non-Fiction:
    Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall

    Best Public Service Announcement:
    Stay Sharp by Claire Kilkenny, Hannah Weaver & Wylie Soltes

    Best Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
    Building Solutions by Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leake, Elliott Atkinson & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn
    Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

    Best Audio/Sound
    Paul, Dark, and Handsome by Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner
    Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril

    Best Photographer/Editor:
    Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall
    City’scape by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers & Gracie Morris
    Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall
    Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril
    Superman’s Superman by Nick Fay, Braiden Hayes, Ivan Lodefink, Freeman Marshall & Arturo Rodriguez

    Best Writer
    On the Backs of Salmon by Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Aaron Miller
    Oso Strong by Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall
    Richard by Wylie Soltes, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Ian Colbeck & Aaron Mamaril


    NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS BHS FILMMAKERS | May 2018

    BHS Students winning NWHSFF 2018

    Students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program led the pack of winners at the Northwest High School Film Festival on May 1, claiming thirteen awards and honors across six different categories at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle. Currently in its 20th year, the NWHSFF is the largest and longest running festival in the Puget Sound region exclusively for high school filmmakers. Hundreds of students from twenty-two high schools competed for awards in twelve different production categories. Ballard students also won two of the four competitive scholarships presented at the event. Skala Leake (’18) won the J-Dogg Scholarship, a $7,000 per year award that she can apply at the college of her choice. She’ll be studying film at Columbia College of Chicago – a program ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the best in the nation. Veronica Redpath (’18) was one of only two filmmakers awarded a scholarship to The Prodigy Camp – an intensive week-long filmmaking workshop attended by gifted filmmakers from all around the world.

    The festival was judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors. It was organized by the Media Educators for Excellence Team (MEET), an inter-district organization of high school media production teachers. Sponsors included The Seattle Film Institute, The Studio School of Los Angeles, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Montana State University, the Cinerama Theatre, and Vulcan Enterprises.

    All the awarded productions from BHS had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). This event screens new films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students at the end of every semester. The next BFF will be Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.

    Here are Ballard’s Northwest High School Film Festival winners by category. Many of these can now be screened on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo site.

    AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

    Comedic Narrative 
    Paul, Dark, and Handsome, Ellie Dynes, Jesse Romero, Miles Anderson & Cole Kastner
    Richard Wylie Soltes, Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas & Aaron Mamaril

    Commercial 
    Let There be Bacon, Ellie Dynes, Alec Gabbert & Julian Whitworth
    Your Neighborhood Bookstore, Jasper Swift, Caleb Flynn & Naomi Glunz

    Documentary
    On the Backs of Salmon, Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O’Rollins, Martin Bolivar, Aaron Miller, Chris Barrett, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted & Freeman Marshall

    Dramatic Narrative
    Bottled Emotions, Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aiden Jereczek & Bailey Wall

    Public Service Announcement
    Locked Doors, Drew Hedlund, Calvin Johnson & Sandro Rios
    TB Time Bomb, Casey Chamberlain, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall & Elliott Russell

    Satire/Mockumentary/Parody
    Road Trip Week, Ethan Hawthorne & Jessica Lueck

    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    Commercial
    Truth Bar
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    Aven Fay, Liam Bonds & Zach Boone
    How to Lime,
    Martin Bolivar, Krystelle Kurz & Caroline Lavallee

    Documentary
    Building Solutions,
    Krystelle Kurz, Jonathan Bowers, Claire Elliott, Aven Fay, Duncan Kastner, Skala Leak, Elliott Atkinson & Annabelle Bowman-Mohn

    Dramatic Narrative
    I’ll Be There, Veronica Redpath, Maureen Brown , & Claude Brun


    BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILM STUDENTS GO TO HOLLYWOOD | March 2018

    Film Students in LAThis month, a dozen students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program travelled to Los Angeles to visit college film and television programs, catch up with BHS film alumni, tour the industry, and meet with professional filmmakers. The trip included Chapman University, Emerson College, Loyola Marymount University, and the University of Southern California – all colleges ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as among the best film schools in the country. In addition to official tours, the students received the inside scoop from recent graduates of the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program who are currently attending, or have graduated from, these colleges.

    At Chapman University, the students met with Sophie DeGreen (’16) and Sho Schrock (’16). Sophie is majoring in Film Production, and Sho, Creative Producing. Lorenzo Rossi (BHS ’14) is currently at the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College. The LA campus allows film majors at this Boston college to work an internship in the film industry as they complete their degree. At Loyola Marymount, students met with Matt Law- Phipps (BHS ’10, LMU ‘15). Matt has a production business in Los Angeles and moonlights as an actor. (You can see him currently as Kendrick in The Payne’s on the Oprah Winfrey Network.) The students met Rikke Heinecke (BHS ’11, USC ‘15) at the University of Southern California. Rikke is currently producing music videos for major artists such as Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers.

    The students also toured Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, and attended a live multi-camera shoot of a television episode (Mom, with Allison Janney). They also met with industry professionals to discuss their craft and careers. On the itinerary were writer/producer Jason Cahill (Writers Guild of America award winner for The Sopranos) in addition to BHS Digital Filmmaking Program alumni such as writer Brendan McCarthy (BHS ’04, NYU ’07) – nominated this year for a Writers’ Guild of America award for his work on Grace and Frankie – production manager Mixtli Zavaleta (BHS ’07, UW-Seattle ’11), and writer/director Jesse Harris (BHS ’04). Harris’s second feature film, Borrego, is currently in development. 

    For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com.
    BALLARD FILMMAKERS HONORED AT SHORELINE SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL | March 2018

    The Shoreline Short Shorts Film Festival (SSSFF) presented the prize for Best Student Film to students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program last night at Shoreline Community Digial Film StudentsCollege. Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek & Bailey Wall won the award for their film Bottled Emotions. The short concerns a man with the magical ability to steal and bottle other people’s emotions. Another short by Ballard film students, I’ll be There by Maureen Brown, Claude Brun and Veronica Redpath, was also an Official Selection at the festival. The festival accepts work from professional filmmakers as well as college and high school students throughout Washington. From the 91 films submitted, only 14 were selected for the festival. This is the second annual event, and the second year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been prize-winners at the festival.

    Both films can be seen on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram. For more information, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com 


    MORE HONORS FOR BALLARD'S DIGITAL FILMMAKING STUDENTS | February 2018

    CINE LogoContinuing their winning streak since fall, students in Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program scored two more awards for their work. The documentary 9066 by Nolan Baker, Maya Konz, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford was named a CINE Golden Eagle Finalist for Youth Documentary. The student producers were invited to a CINE Celebrates reception in New York.

    The Golden Eagle awards honor excellence in media production through criteria focused on storytelling, originality, and meeting the needs of the intended audience. For six decades, the Council on International Non- theatrical Events (CINE) has recognized and encouraged new talent while honoring the achievements of established media makers. Their honorary board of directors includes such luminaries as Ken Burns, Bill Moyers, and Steven Spielberg.

    Also during the fall semester, City’Scape by Jonathan Bowers, Brendan Hickey, and Gracie Morris won 2nd Prize in the Experimental category at the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound led the jury for the Experimental category. Both films can be seen online at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram  
    BALLARD FILM STUDENT WINS TOP HONOR FROM NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION | Dec 2017

    Wylie Soltes, a senior in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, has been awardedWylie Soltes  Finalist in Cinematic Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation for his short film Richard. Finalist is the top prize.

    The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, dance, photography, writing, and cinematic arts. Soltes’s film was selected from thousands of submissions through a blind adjudication process by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists.

    After high school, Soltes plans to study film production in college. He pitched Richard to his filmmaking class last winter. The story concerns a stolen tool kit that creates a bond between two adversaries. Stoles worked with co-producers Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Aaron Mamaril, and Ian Colbeck to realize his vision. Richard had its premiere at the international All American High School Film Festival in New York City in early October, and screened at the Portland Art Museum in November as a winner in Fresh Film Northwest – a festival that receives competition from 5 Northwest states as well as the province of British Columbia. Richard can now be seen online at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.com.

    As a Finalist, YoungArts will fly Soltes to Miami in January for a week of networking and mentoring with other promising young filmmakers and professionals (such as award-winning director, producer, editor, writer, and cinematographer Doug Blush). In addition, Soltes will be sharing his film with the public at Miami’s New World Center. YoungArts will also provide Soltes with financial assistance for college.

    Soltes is the eighth YoungArts winner from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program in the last five years. Others have gone on to top-ranked college programs for film and television. For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com.

    Ballard’s Documentary for IMAX Gets a Big Screen Premiere | November 2017

    On the Backs of Salmon
    , a short documentary produced for IMAX and the United Nations Environment by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, will have its big screen premiere at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center IMAX on Thursday, November 9 at 6 pm. The short will be followed by Q & A with the filmmakers. It will be shown at a members-only screening of the new 3D nature documentary, Amazon Adventure, but IMAX has reserved 75 seats for the Ballard filmmakers and their entourage.

    The project is the result of the IMAX “In Focus” program. In partnership with the United Nations Environment, IMAX consulted with the All American High School Film Festival to select five “exemplary” filmmaking programs from across the US to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals #13-15: Climate Action, Life Below Water, and Life on Land. Each participating program received a $5,000 grant. The goal was to encourage students interested in filmmaking to use their talents to develop films that promote change.

    On the Backs of Salmon tells the encouraging story behind the largest dam removal in world history – the Elwha on the Olympic Peninsula. The students were inspired by this story because it shows the power of people to change things, and the power of nature to bounce back. It premiered online last spring during the UN’s World Environment Day, and was screened this fall at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.

    For more information, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com and don't miss the King-5 news interview of "Ballard High School Students Create Documentary On the Backs of Salmon".

    BALLARD FILMMAKERS WIN AT FIVE-STATE FESTIVAL | November 2017

    Fresh Films LogoThree short films produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program are winners at Fresh Film Northwest (nwfilm.org/films/41st-fresh-film-northwest-winning-program/). This competitive regional festival is coordinated by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon. It accepts entries from filmmakers ages 13 to 19 in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. This is the thirteenth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been among the winners.

    The winning films include a documentary, an animation piece, and a short comedy. The documentary 9066 (vimeo.com/190324486), by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford, and Nolan Baker, tells the story of the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The film has already won numerous awards, including First Prize at the Domonique Dunne Film Festival, best Long Form Non-Fiction in the student division at the Northwest Emmy Awards, and an Award of Excellence in Documentary at the Northwest High School Film Festival.

    In the short comedy, Richard (vimeo.com/241064287), by Wylie Soltes, Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, and Aaron Mamaril, a stolen tool kit creates a bond between two strangers with little in common. Richard premiered at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City last month. Also among the winners is the short Tidal Cruiser, produced independently by Ballard film student Brendan Hickey.

    A jury of filmmakers and educators screened over one hundred entries from across the five state region to select winners for the festival. The festival winners will be screened at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium this Saturday, November 4 at 11 am. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

    Ballard film students also received an Honorable Mention for their experimental short City‘Scape, by Brendan Hickey, Jonathan Bowers and Gracie Morris. City‘Scape is also a Finalist in the experimental category of the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival. For more information on the Digital Filmmaking Program, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com

    Coraline at the Majestic Bay – Support Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program! | October 2017


    Ballard’s Majestic Bay Theatre screened Coraline on Sat, Oct 28, 2017. Tickets $10 each. Proceeds will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School.Poster of Coraline at Majestic Bay

    If you live in Ballard, chances are you frequent the Majestic Bay Theatres (majesticbay.com). And if you’ve seen a film at the Bay, chances are you’ve seen A Trip to the Groovies (vimeo.com/135502434), the policy trailer produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.

    For years, the Majestic Bay showed A Trip to the Movies to inform audiences of theater rules and etiquette. A mock instructional film set in what appears to be 1960, the trailer follows two children, Russ and Ellen, as they navigate the process of movie-going. When the Bay went digital in 2014, they needed a policy trailer in a digital format. Rather than purchasing a ready-made trailer, the Bay invited the Digital Filmmaking Program at BHS to produce one. The film students were thrilled! After considering various ideas, Ballard’s filmmakers decided to follow Russ and Ellen to the movies again – this time in 1977. The challenging concept required period vehicles, costumes, hair, make-up, and actors who might possibly be the original Russ and Ellen - seventeen years later.

    The Majestic Bay was so pleased with the new trailer that they made an immediate donation and also pledged to host an annual fundraiser for the Digital Filmmaking Program. The screening of Coraline on October 28 is the third annual event, and will be preceded by A Trip to the Groovies. So that future audiences will continue to appreciate the parody elements in the new trailer, the Bay also had the former trailer digitized to show from time to time. Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program provides state-of-the-art equipment and professional experiences for students, and has a well-established record of preparing students for college and careers in media-related fields. It is funded largely by support from the Ballard community, thanks to partners such as The Majestic Bay. For more information, visit bhsvideo.blogspot.com.


    Ballard Film Students Win National Award From Academy | October 2017

    When the envelopes were opened at Emerson College in Los Angeles on Oct. 3, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced Comeback, a dramatic short by Awards GraphicSkala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller and Avery Davis, as winner of a National Student Production Award for best Audio/Sound. In addition to working with the audio recording and mixing, Avery Davis composed an original score for the film.

    This is the second year NATAS has given student awards at the national level, and the second year Ballard film students have been among the winners. A minority of regional winners from 19 chapters across the country are nominated at the national level. Comeback was also nominated for best Writer and best Short Form Fiction film. Another film by Ballard students, 9066 (by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford and Nolan Baker) was nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction film. The films were judged by members of the Academy, as well as college media professors. Both films can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram  For more information, and to screen the awards presentation, visit emmyonline.com/nationalstudent Ballard’s honored productions had their premieres at the Ballard Film Festival (BFF). The next BFF will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be sold at the door.


    International Festival To Screen Work by BHS Filmmakers | October 2017

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    Eight films by twenty-seven students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program will screen next week at the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF). This competitive festival receives entries from high school filmmakers throughout the country as well as other nations. The event runs October 6 - 8 in New York City at the Center for Social Innovation, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater. Prestigious judges such as screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott evaluated the films. Official Selections are eligible for prizes presented at the Teen Indie Awards at the conclusion of the festival.  Select "Read More" for more information.  In addition to the Official Selections, a short documentary that Ballard film students produced for IMAX and the United Nations will also screen at the festival. Only five high school filmmaking programs in the nation were chosen by IMAX and the AAHSFF to create these projects. Ballard was selected due to the quality work BHS film students have brought to the AAHSFF on a regular basis. (Ballard films have been finalists for top awards such as Best PSA, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, and Best Overall Film.) The documentary is titled On the Backs of Salmon and was produced for IMAX by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins, & Miles Whitworth. Here, by category, are the Official Selections by Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking students.

    DOCUMENTARY | Fat Friday by Chris Barrett, Jessica Luecke & Zoe Zillig | Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Willow Hudson, Josh Gaynor-Cote & Jesse Romero | Transformative by Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz & Sorcha Maron

    DRAMA |Clover Four Confidence by Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Josh Gaynor-Cote & Brynn Miller  | Frozen in Debt by Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Bergen Johnson, Cecilia O’Rollins & Miles Whitworth

    Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy |Richard by Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Aaron Mamaril & While Soltes

    One film produced independently by BHS film students also made the festival: Solo by Elliott Atkinson and Zach Boone is an Official Selection in the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy category.

    Academy Nominates Ballard Film Students for National Student Production Awards | Sept 2017

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for four National Student Production Awards. These  nominees were selected from winners at regional Emmy Awards ceremonies across the NATAS Logonation.

    Nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction is 9066, a documentary about the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford and Nolan Baker. Nominated for best Short-Form Fiction, best Writer, and best Audio/Sound is Comeback by Skala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller & Avery Davis. Comeback is a story of a soccer player coping with a life-altering setback. The nominated productions can be viewed on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram The awards presentation will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Tuesday, October 3rd at noon, and will be hosted by television personality Tom Bergeron, star and host of AVC’s Dancing with the Stars. You can view the presentation at https://www.facebook.com/TheEmmys 

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented High School Awards of Excellence for years to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Academy created a national level for these awards just last year, and Ballard filmmakers won best Music Video and best Photographer/Editor. This year, the four nominations place Ballard in the lead among national nominees from the Northwest Chapter.


    IMAX and UN Environment Release Documentary by BHS Film Students | June 2017

    Photo of students filming at a riverOn the Backs of Salmon, one of two documentaries produced by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for IMAX, premiered on June 5 on IMAX’s and UN Environment’s websites. The premiere was timed to coincide with the United Nations’ World Environment Day – the largest annual event for global actions to protect the environment. “We are so proud of the work created by these budding filmmakers, which shines a light on important environmental issues as well as their own creative abilities,” said IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond.  The project is the result of a partnership between IMAX In Focus (a component of IMAX Big Picture, their social responsibility effort) and United Nations’ Environment. Ballard’s DFP was one of only five “exemplary” high school film programs across the nation chosen by IMAX and the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City to produce environmental documentaries. “We identified programs that… consistently submitted quality work,” said Tom Oliva, AAHSFF Executive Director. IMAX awarded $5,000 to each program. “The In Focus program aligns seamlessly with what we strive to achieve” Oliva said, “cultivating young filmmakers and recognizing their talented work.” 

    “The release of these documentaries on World Environment Day is a fitting testament to the importance of empowering our youth to use their voices to drive change for a better tomorrow,” said UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim. “We support IMAX’s commitment to helping young filmmakers share these stories with a larger audience, hopefully resulting in changes that create a healthier environment.”   Don't miss the King-5 news interview of "Ballard High School Students Create Documentary".


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