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George School Students Win Youth Media Awards

The energetic student film Love to Share by Shumpei Chosa ’19 and Frederic Perera ’21, wrapped up a successful film awards season with a first place win at the WHYY 2019 Youth Media Awards in the High School Open category on Saturday, November 16, 2019. WHYY received more than 150 entries from students in local middle and high schools.

Red as Blood by Shumpei Chosa ’19, John Fort ’19, Maddie Keith ’19, and Shaina Gonzales ’19 won second place in the High School Narrative Film category. Power in a Whisper: Rodney Glasgow, a film that highlights the social justice mission of educator and activist Rodney Glasgow, by Julia Carrigan ’20, Pranhnoor Kaur ’20, Christian Fusco’ 20, Shumpei Chosa ’19, Frederic Perera ’21, and Amitai Debiche ’21 won second place in the High School Documentary category.

“It has been wonderful to support this amazing group of filmmakers,” said Scott Seraydarian ’90, George School film teacher. “Their dedication was inspiring, including shooting over two terms and several long nights in the editing room. They really strove to do their best and that commitment has helped foster a very supportive and productive community. Being able to participate in these film festivals is the icing on the cake because of the valuable real world feedback and encouragement they provide.”

As one season ends a new one begins. A fresh crop of twenty new films went out in March 2020 for the upcoming spring film festivals, including the much-anticipated Greenfield Film Festival and the Bridge Film Festival hosted by Brooklyn Friends School.

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