Social-Justice Themes Propel High School Filmmakers to Armfuls of Awards


The statues weren’t exactly Oscars, but their recipients nonetheless beamed brighter than a Hollywood kleig light. Ten George School students achieved recognition in six categories at two local film festivals.

The honors came from entries in the Greenfield Youth Film Festival and the Bridge Film Festival. Both recognize powerful young voices working locally in film. The latter evaluates work that specifically depicts Quaker values in action, hewing closely to the underpinnings of the George School. 

The winning films and creatives were: 

Entry Student(s) Greenfield Festival AwardBridge Festival Award 
Seeger’s Seek of Truth Eric Guo, David XiFirst Place, DocumentaryJudge’s Choice 
IntegritasJess Zwall, Maddox Malave, Hassan MurtazaJudge’s Choice, Narrative
Them Aqua Withers CarelloSecond Place, Narrative 
Who Deserves It Eric and Jady Huang Third Place, Narrative Film
Face Your Waste Eric and Zeikii OluyedeFirst Place, Public Service Announcement
The SilenceSahib Singh, Silas KennedyStory Development

The entrants were highly praised for not only their filmmaking skills but also their socially-justice-minded themes. 

“We are so excited by the level of honor our students received for their creative works,” said Film teacher Scott Seraydarian. “Most important, we are thrilled that these films reflect our students’ efforts to let their lives speak.” 

More on these award-winning films is at the George School

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