Arts in St. Johnsbury hosted its first ever film slam, this weekend. According to Brendan Kozlowski's report, students from St. Johnsbury Academy, Lyndon Institute and Barnet School formed seven teams to compete in the 48-hour event.
The slam began Friday at 5 p.m. and ran throughout the weekend. Teams got a common phrase ("You know I cannot fox trot"), a prop (red balloon), a location to incorporate (Fairbanks Museum) and a genre. They storyboarded on Friday, filmed Saturday, edited Sunday and premiered their films Sunday night.
St. Johnsbury Academy brothers Andrew and Jeb Burroughs, with the help of team leader Erica Heilman, won the grand prize with their experimental film "Her." The High School Honorable Mention Prize went to "Glamour," a drama film. Team leader Jason Scherer led SJA students Zach Dickenson, Katie Gilmartin, Yoruba Briggs-Guzman, Ravil Kaliyeshev and Kyle Jablonski in the effort.
Middle School Honorable Mention went to "Boiling Mad," a comedy. Erin Narey and Jody Fried led Savannah Bragdon, Rian Fried, John Gaston, Logan Samuels (Barnet School) and Gray Flanagan (Good Shepard).
By all accounts, all seven films were dazzling. So much so that organizer Kevin Greene declared the weekend an "undeniable success." Thankfully, he promised to do it again next year.
We give the creative effort, Catamount and all the young filmakers two very enthusiastic thumbs up. We urge everyone to check out the movies tonight and tomorrow at Catamount Arts or online (starting Friday) at youtube.com/catamountartsvideo.