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Spokane Public Schools students battle for awards in second annual high school film competition

Robbers encountering a man in a fluttering bathrobe, a teen’s teddy-bear friend, the pain of fighting and power of love, a blind cameraman and a shared admiration for Maverick gas stations – these were only some of the ideas featured in the Spokane Public School 7-Day Film Challenge.

Students, friends and family gathered at Magic Lantern Theatre Friday to screen the films that five teams had made start-to-finish in just one week.

The 7-Day Super Video Challenge was open to SPS students ages 13-19. Each team had seven days to complete a 3- to 5-minute film using a randomly assigned prop, line of dialogue and the theme of metamorphosis.

Joseph Comine, local filmmaker and career and technical education teacher at Lewis and Clark High School, organized the event.

“Our mission at career and technical education is to teach our respective occupations to students. The goals of this festival organization is to allow local youth to make films, to compete and to learn to work as a team,” Comine said.

The event is in its second year with hopes to grow the competition to twice per year and to open it to other districts.

“This is nice that youth can have a film festival that’s all their own. They don’t have to go out and compete with the professionals – which a lot of the film festivals that are timed like this locally, you’re competing with every professional filmmaker in town,” Comine said during the screening.

Comine and his wife used their nonprofit organization, Dancing Crow Community Projects, to raise money for the cash prizes awarded to the winning videos.

The judges included local filmmakers Rebecca Cook, Shaun Springer and Cecil Trail and Magic Lantern Theatre operator Joe Sheehan.The teams were judged on how they used the criteria, told their story, used their camera and edited their film.

First place and a cash prize of $100 went to LC team Fresh Produce Daily for “Sid,” a story of a teenager who learns he must part with his teddy bear to make new friends. Second place and $50 cash was awarded to Rogers High School team Bombus for its film, “Forever & Always,” that usedstop-motion photography to express a dream of love. Third place and $25 was won by LC team Zero Effort for “Over Cooked,” a mockumentary that follows the drama of a dysfunctional cooking-show crew.

Free coffee cards were the prizes for awards such as best performances, director, editing and cinematography.

Other participating teams included Ferris High School’s RIP Mark with its film “Some Regrets” and Tiger Trauma of LC with the film “Goofy Goons.”

The films can be viewed on Youtube on the Film Fight Spokane channel. They can also be seen on Community Minded Television, channel 14.


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