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Students showcase films at Lakeside Media Festival

Lakeside High School broadcasting students recently showcased numerous mini-documentaries and films they produced over about 10 weeks during the Lakeside Media Festival May 4-5.

The Media Festival was divided into four sessions May 4 at 6:30 p.m. and May 5 at 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The May 4 showing was "Best of Fest" as determined by volunteer judges. The festival was a way for students to share their work with their family and friends.

More than 50 films on subjects of the broadcasting students' choosing were created after more than 170 interviews outside of the classroom.

"The students were challenged to tell a story through film," said Chris Slaton, broadcasting teacher. "Most of the students chose topics they were personally involved or had a direct knowledge, access to. This year we had a few students share their own personal stories, testimonies and I am very proud of the courage it took for them to share."

Students spent more than 10 weeks producing their films, Slaton said.

"I tell my students it is a grind; everyone loves their topic in the beginning and then the work begins," he said.

Production for one documentary focused on the Cutwell 4 Kids organization was "particularly long and taxing," but Slaton said the students working on the project understood the worth of what they had completed when "the subject of their documentary came to the premiere and was moved to tears."

"In the moment, it is hard to see the finish line or the purpose but when you can invoke emotion from the audience -- then they have been successful at telling a story," Slaton said.

The Media Festival was divided into four sessions: May 4 at 6:30 p.m., and May 5 at 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The May 4 showing was "Best of Fest" as determined by volunteer judges. The festival was a way for students to share their work with their family and friends.

School on 05/13/2018

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