The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and NYC Department of Education (DOE) congratulate the students whose films were chosen as part of the 3rd Annual New York City Public School Film Festival. The New York City Public School Film Festival is an opportunity for students to submit their work and perhaps see it screened.
Thirty-two student films (Click Here for the Festival Program) from public schools citywide were selected in the categories of Feature/Narrative, Animation, Experimental, PSA Advocacy and Documentary by a panel of NYC Public School Film Festival teachers and media professionals. The student filmmakers chosen represent the diversity of public school student voices across the five boroughs.
This years Festival has an added bonus, beyond the films themselves. Six student filmmakers were chosen by teachers to conduct on-camera interviews with leading film industry professionals. These interviews, designed to inspire young people across the city to consider careers in media and entertainment, will be used to create 20-minute videos highlighting each professional’s work.
Audio Description: Dania Brissett, Class of 2021, Academy for Careers in Television & Film, and director of 2021 New York City Public School Film Festival selection It's Sad interviews Liesl Tommy, known for directing Respect; Insecure; Queen Sugar.
Audio Description: Matt Mingoia, Class of 2021, Susan E. Wagner High School, and director of 2021 New York City Public School Film Festival selection Scranton Fever interviews Nina Yang-Bongiovi, known for producing Godfather of Harlem; Fruitvale Station.
Audio Description: Emilio Rios, Class of 2021, Academy for Careers in Television & Film, and director of 2021 New York City Public School Film Festival selection Silhouette interviews Tamar-kali, known for films Mudbound; John Lewis: Good Trouble.
Audio Description: Jesiah Bailey, Class of 2021, High School of Art & Design, and director of 2021 New York City Public School Film Festival selection Him: Origin interviews Malcolm D. Lee, Director, known for films including Space Jam: A New Legacy; Girls Trip, The Best Man. http://nyc.gov/nycpsfilmfestival
Audio Description: Luna Ubide-Holmes, Class of 2021, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and director of 2021 New York City Public School Film Festival selection Help, I'm Drowning interviews Kemp Powers, known for films including One Night in Miami; Soul.
Audio Description: Khai Umstead, Class of 2022, Academy for Careers in Television & Film, and director of 2021 New York City Public School Film Festival selection Colors interviews Kristan Sprague, known for editing Judas and the Black Messiah; Random Acts of Flyness.
X MORPH 2021
This is an annual production in which the entire class makes an animation influenced by the Surrealist game the Exquisite Corpse. Each student gives their first frame to the person "behind" them and it is up to the directors and animators to determine what happens and how they transition between each section. Directors: Daniella Croland, Ellie Hui, Makeda Firmin, Blake Bourous, Joseph Dicecco; Editor: Yuna Soetomo; Animators/Storyboard Artists: Jaclyn Abramova, Sofia Adinolfi, Ashlee Arriaga, Blake Bourous, Mackalia Bradshaw Forrester, Amerie Chapel, Daniella Croland, Ilona Darieva, Joseph Dicecco, Nishaun Dow, Makeda Firmin, Sophie Ganshamballi, Light Haynes, Ellie Hui, Toni Innamorato, Yeji Kim, Seth Lee, Theresa Martin, Reeana Miller, Margo Moore, Ebony Morrison, Ariel Odessky, Heather Oneill, Janzelle Rodriguez, Miguel Santos, Yuna Soetomo, Izabela Zajac; Special thanks (Animator): Gianna Tafa; School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Adam Newman; Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
A short animation from students at Urban Assembly; School: Urban Assembly School for Leadership and Empowerment; Teacher: Patrick Lovejoy; Principal: Natalie Jufer
IS THIS FARMING
A mouse finds a kernel of corn and grows a cornstalk.; Director, Animation, Editing: Susannah Chen; School: Susan E. Wagner High School; Teacher: Shea Ryan; Principal: David Cugini
TO EVERY END
As baby stars work their way through space, they are taught their place in the Universe.; Directors, Writer, Animator: Ellie Hui; Key Cast: Ellie Hui, Daniella Kavouriadis; School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Adam Newman; Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
A scope into one of the many experiences during the global pandemic. It might not be an easy time for any of us but it's important to stay hopeful. Director, Writer, Producer, Animator/Artist: Alexandra A Milyukov School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Seung Lee Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
It's all about self-love and confidence. Everyone has their own thing that makes them unique and beautiful. Self-confidence can change your whole outlook on yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Amisha Mahadeo; School: M.S. 202 Robert H. Goddard; Teacher: Kye Weaver; Principal: William Fitzgerald
From deep within the ground, this old rusty artifact gets a new life.; Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Nikolai Usiatynski; School: Urban Assembly New York Harbor School; Teacher: Rick Lee; Principal: Jeffrey Chetirko
MEET THE OPTIONS PROGRAM
This Documentary follows the New York City Police Foundations Options Program which was designed in partnership with the NYPD to build stronger connections between the youth and police while keeping teens active and out of trouble by working alongside Police to make their community a better place. Director: Thomas Burke; Editor: Thomas Burke; Audio: John Negron; School: The Scholars' Academy; Teacher: Michael Pepe; Principal: Michele Smyth
A teenager's documentary about life at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Director, Writer, Producer: Leo Steele School: Academy for Careers in Television & Film; Teacher: Ricardo Thompson; Principal: Edgar Rodriguez
Produced during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic in NYC, "Quaranteens" follows the experiences of a group of high-schoolers as they navigate familial relationships, frontline work, racism, healthcare and economic injustice. Directors: Khalil Baxter, Laye Diakite, Muhammad Fisiru, Mia Micic, Derick David Morales, Mateo Morales, Starasia Nelson, Ashlee Reyes, Ethan Rufli, Olesya Shanabrook, Artur Zhigalev, Cirilo Ordonez; Writers: Starasia Nelson, Ashlee Reyes, Ethan Rufli, Olesya Shanabrook, Artur Zhigalev; Producers: Kate Levy, Ambreen Qureshi; School: Educational Video Center; Schools; Represented: Cascades High School, City-As-School, Flushing International High School, Independence High School, Lower East Side Prep High School, Institute for Collaborative Education, International High School at Union Square, Satellite Academy; Teacher: Kate Levy; Principals: Claire Sheehan, Princiapl of Cascades High School (Rachel Seher, Principal of High School M560, City As School; Kevin Hesseltine, Principal of Flushing International High School; Ron Smolkin, Principal of Independence High School; Rene Anaya, Principal of Lower East Side Prep High School; Peter Karp, Principal of Institute for Collaborative Education; Vadewatie Ramsuchit, Principal of International High School at Union Square; Steven Zbaida, Principal of Satellite Academy
HELP, I'M DROWNING
A girl reflects on her identity and place in the world during a bath. Director, Writer, Producer: Luna Ubide Holmes; Key Cast: Luna Ubide Holmes, Gianluca La Villa, Daniela Ubide, Indigo Ubide Holmes; Editor: Luna Ubide Holmes; Cinematographer: Luna Ubide Holmes; Animator: Luna Ubide Holmes; School: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; Teacher: Jason Spagnuoli; Principal: Gideon Rafel Frankel
Experimental Director, Writer, Producer: Calvin Ryman; School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Hanan Harchol; Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
RIDING THE AIRWAYS
"Riding the Airways" is an experimental music video that features two unique tracks composed and produced by Benjamin Snazelle. Each song has their own flavor and their own style of visualization. Director: Benjamin Snazelle; School: Urban Assembly New York Harbor School; Principal: Jeffrey Chetirko
My film is based on dreams. Before I can achieve anything there will be obstacles, but you know what? "There is no obstacle bigger than your dreams." - Gerson Cherec; Director, Writer, Editor: Gerson Cherec; School: Brooklyn International High School; Teacher: ReelWorks; Principal: Kathleen Rucker
A PSA demonstrating how the Covid-19 virus is spread. Director, Writer, Producer: Emilio Rios School: Academy for Careers in Television & Film; Teacher: Ricardo Thompson; Principal: Edgar Rodriguez
An African-American teenager reflects on the state of our world; Director, Writer, Producer: Dania Brissett; School: Academy for Careers in Television & Film; Teacher: Ricardo Thompson; Principal: Edgar Rodriguez
Domino is a public service announcement about teenage substance abuse and how every choice we make in life has consequences; Director & Producer: Tom Pinkhasov, Connor Campbell; School: Staten Island Technical High School; Teacher: Michael Van Buren; Principal: Mark Erlenwein
A teenage girls' battle with anorexia nervosa propels her to make a change.; Director, Writer, Producer: Rebecca Anton; School: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; Teacher: Jason Spagnuoli; Principal: Gideon Rafel Frankel
This commercial presents Peak Chic masks, a fashion product that prioritizes looks over safety. Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast, Editor: Oma Ali; School: The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria; Teacher: ReelWorks; Principal: Allison Persad
THE MAGIC (AND PAIN) OF SLEEP
Quarantine has created more than isolation as a challenge. What happens when it affects sleep too? Director, Writer, Key Cast: Xavier Cloud; School: Manhattan Early College School For Advertising; Teacher: Todd Drake; Principal: Sarah Kaplan
People leave more dog poop when it is snowing in Manhattan; Director: Nicola Nasser; Key Cast: Loor Nasser, Joseph Nasser, Jude Nasser, Luke Nasser, Warrd Nasser; School: Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy MS-HS 141; Principal: Lori O'Mara
Clones are lame.... Embrace diversity! Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Zane Mills VanWicklen; School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Ashton Agbomenou; Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
TYPES OF STUDENTS DURING ONLINE SCHOOL
This is about different students and how they act during online school. They all have different characteristics and are all fun in their own way! Director, Writer, Producer: Sabriha Safa School: M.S. 202 Robert H. Goddard; Teacher: Kye Weaver; Principal: William Fitzgerald
A young father is slowly becoming unhinged as he struggles to deal with his impending divorce. Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Hector Valentine; School: Academy for Careers in Television & Film; Teacher: Ricardo Thompson; Principal: Edgar Rodriguez
Two middle school aged African-American step sisters practice their art and debate their desire to go back to school in a post covid-19 world. Director & Writer: Mahadia Oliver; Producers: Marquis Smalls, Mahadia Oliver; Key Cast: Mahadia Oliver, Sakari Charity, Tara Charity, Marquis Smalls; School: PS/IS 187; Teacher: Sarah Moran; Principal: Jessica Strong
A young girl sings about the amazing healing benefits of Vaporub.; Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Roselin Lopez; School: P.S./I.S. 187 Hudson Cliffs; Teacher: Michael Bridenstine; Principal: Emel Topbas Mejia
After the death of his brother, a man looks for answers as he enters a journey of acceptance and self-discovery. Director & Writer: Leonardo Cross; Producers: Giselle Huerta, Dora Espinoza; Key Cast: Diego Arciniega, Charles William Putt Jr.; PA: Edgar Cruz; School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Hanan Harchol; Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
A JOURNEY TO FIND SOMETHING
A feeling of losing something, but what exactly is missing? Director, Writer, Key Cast, Editor: Edwin Ng; School: Midwood High School; Teacher: Henry Mei; Principal: Michael Mcdonnell
A teenage girl uses her artwork to express her feelings about her father; Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Khai Umstead; School: Academy for Careers in Television & Film; Teacher: Ricardo Thompson; Principal: Edgar Rodriguez
A dark, tragic and brutal take on the "vigilante" archetype; identifying the true psychotic nature of someone who devotes their life to justice and pain. Director, Writer, Producer, Key Cast: Jesiah Bailey; School: Art and Design High School; Teacher: Kevin Lopez; Principal: Maximillia Re Sugiura
A young man with purpose and an appetite must use his cunning wit to achieve his ultimate goal... Directors: Nicholas Graham, Akasha Maldonado; Writers: Ashanti Tirado, Cynthia Bravo; Producers: Dunel Charles, Shonika Gibbs, Tahjee Williams, Jordan, Henry & David; Key Cast: Md Abu Sayef, Ms. Wilson, David Nelinson, Damien Falu; School: East Brooklyn Community High School; Teacher: David Nelinson; Principal: Patrick Mcgillicuddy
A little girl is addicted to the television show, The Office, and wreaks havoc for her older brother. Director & Writer: Matt Mingoia; Key Cast: Matt Mingoia, Olivia Mingoia; Editor: Matt Mingoia; School: Susan E. Wagner High School; Teacher: Shea Ryan; Principal: David Cugini
The lesson plans on POV
In this sequence of lessons, students will view animated selections from the 2021 New York Public School Film Festival. Age-appropriate lessons for elementary, middle, and high school classes will explore animation tools and techniques for visual storytelling. Students will then create their own storyboard that reimagines a story told from a different point of view.
Lesson plans on mental health
These units use film to examine strategies for good mental health. Inspired by viewing selections from the 2021 New York Public School Film Festival, elementary, middle, and high school students will learn how to talk about mental health, strategies for managing emotional wellbeing, and resources for help and support.
Conversations with the Pros Lesson Plans
Lessons for elementary classes introduce different types of career paths, and then helps students begin planning for their own future employment goals.
The middle and high school units explore visual arts careers in general. Next, well-known film directors, producers, editors and composers give behind-the-scenes looks into each unique field. Accompanying worksheets help students of all ages articulate career goals.