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Four Eastchester Students Win Awards at 2015 Future Filmmakers Festival

Seven ambitious Westchester students were awarded top rankings at this year’s 2015 Future Filmmakers Festival. Featuring short, ten-minute films, students throughout the county participated in this annual festival at The Picture House in Pelham.

Starring their creative skills in writing, filmmaking, and cinematography, these aspiring filmmakers produced an assortment of genres including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama and musical. These filmmakers of tomorrow revealed diverse tales of struggles, emotional and physical, and triumphant moments. Top three submissions were awarded the “Chester,” Westchester’s take on the Oscar, and a fourth student also received a Chester for merited technical skills.

Bestowed the first place award was Annie Beyer-Chafets of Mamaroneck High School. Her film “Same Page” focused on a young man’s challenge to acknowledge the changes between him and a female friend as she grows into her femininity. Receiving second place was Eastchester High School’s student, Cheyenne Gherardi whose documentary “My Dyslexia Story” shed light on her experience with dyslexia. Third place was awarded to four Eastchester High School students, Bobby Martin, Kevin Wingertzahn, Kyle Mcintyre and Brian O’Neill. Their film featured what one boy went through to save his kidnapped family, becoming the ultimate super hero.

Joining the three talented awardees included Catherine Sullivan of Bronxville High School. Her film “My Version of Normal” honed in on the experience of a normal day for a person living with Cerebral Palsy.

The Future Filmmakers Festival has been a gateway for Westchester’s most prodigious high school filmmakers and film students, providing them with the feedback and experience necessary to further their potential careers. The event is a collaboration of The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, The Picture House and is fully supported by The Executive Office of Westchester County.

With the main goal of nurturing creativity and opening doors, the anticipation of next year’s event awaits the raw abilities of future filmmakers. For more information on applying, please visit www.mshff.org or contact Dale Hisiger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ABOUT THE MATTHEW S. HISIGER FILM FOUNDATION

When Byram Hills High School sophomore Matthew Hisiger died in a car accident in February 1999, he left behind a community inspired by his passions. Intent on pursuing his dream of screen writing, directing and filmmaking, Matt had already been accepted to the New York Film Academy for that summer. To carry on Matt’s legacy, his family, supported by his teachers, his friends and his community formed The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to nurturing high school students who have an interest in filmmaking, screenwriting and videography.  www.mshff.org

ABOUT THE PICTURE HOUSE

Since 1921, The Picture House has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest, continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Today, after an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, The Picture House shows the best in new, independent and classic cinema and provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science and business of film. In a world where you can carry a movie screen in your pocket, The Picture House preserves the sense of community, wonder and engagement that has existed since the formation of the first theaters. The Picture House, a community-based, mission-driven, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York, 10803. Contact us at www.thepicturehouse.org, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (914) 738-3161.

Seven ambitious Westchester students were awarded top rankings at this year’s 2015 Future Filmmakers Festival. Featuring short, ten-minute films, students throughout the county participated in this annual festival at The Picture House in Pelham.

Starring their creative skills in writing, filmmaking, and cinematography, these aspiring filmmakers produced an assortment of genres including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama and musical. These filmmakers of tomorrow revealed diverse tales of struggles, emotional and physical, and triumphant moments. Top three submissions were awarded the “Chester,” Westchester’s take on the Oscar, and a fourth student also received a Chester for merited technical skills.

Bestowed the first place award was Annie Beyer-Chafets of Mamaroneck High School. Her film “Same Page” focused on a young man’s challenge to acknowledge the changes between him and a female friend as she grows into her femininity. Receiving second place was Eastchester High School’s student, Cheyenne Gherardi whose documentary “My Dyslexia Story” shed light on her experience with dyslexia. Third place was awarded to four Eastchester High School students, Bobby Martin, Kevin Wingertzahn, Kyle Mcintyre and Brian O’Neill. Their film featured what one boy went through to save his kidnapped family, becoming the ultimate super hero.

Joining the three talented awardees included Catherine Sullivan of Bronxville High School. Her film “My Version of Normal” honed in on the experience of a normal day for a person living with Cerebral Palsy.

The Future Filmmakers Festival has been a gateway for Westchester’s most prodigious high school filmmakers and film students, providing them with the feedback and experience necessary to further their potential careers. The event is a collaboration of The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, The Picture House and is fully supported by The Executive Office of Westchester County.

With the main goal of nurturing creativity and opening doors, the anticipation of next year’s event awaits the raw abilities of future filmmakers. For more information on applying, please visit www.mshff.org or contact Dale Hisiger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When Byram Hills High School sophomore Matthew Hisiger died in a car accident in February 1999, he left behind a community inspired by his passions. Intent on pursuing his dream of screen writing, directing and filmmaking, Matt had already been accepted to the New York Film Academy for that summer. To carry on Matt’s legacy, his family, supported by his teachers, his friends and his community formed The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to nurturing high school students who have an interest in filmmaking, screenwriting and videography. www.mshff.org

Since 1921, The Picture House has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest, continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Today, after an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, The Picture House shows the best in new, independent and classic cinema and provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science and business of film. In a world where you can carry a movie screen in your pocket, The Picture House preserves the sense of community, wonder and engagement that has existed since the formation of the first theaters. The Picture House, a community-based, mission-driven, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York, 10803. Contact us at www.thepicturehouse.org, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (914) 738-3161.

Photo 1:
Left to right: Brian O’Neill, Eastchester, NY, Kyle Mcintyre, Eastchester; Cheyenne Gherardi, Eastchester; Catherine Sullivan, Bronxville; Kevin Wingertzahn, Eastchester; Bobby Martin, Eastchester; Anne Beyer-Chafets, Mamaroneck.

Photo 2:
Left to right: Cheyenne Gherardi, Eastchester; Kevin Wingertzahn, Eastchester; Catherine Sullivan, Bronxville; Annie Beyer-Chafets, Mamaroneck; Kyle Mcintyre, Eastchester; Bobby Martin, Eastchester; Brian O’Neill, Eastchester.

 

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