Monroe-Woodbury High School seniors Dan Arias and Shonnon Marshall are getting ready to depart for New York City, where they will be participating in the final stages of the AT&T Film Invitational. The invitational is a 10-week film competition that provides high school students from around the country the chance to write, direct, shoot and edit an 8 minute film in New York City. Student filmmakers will be tackling the difficult topic of cyberbullying.
Arias and Marshall were selected for participation after they submitted their Monroe-Woodbury HS “Real World” documentary style film, featuring friends who had been victims of cyberbullying.
“A contest like this gives students a real world experience where they have to film, do preproduction, production and post production, all in a very short amount of time. Dan and Shonnon have experience doing this by taking basic video and advanced video classes, and they’re both members of our TV production morning show. They do this every day. It will be a challenge, but they will take what they’ve learned in class and practiced on their own and do great,” said Monroe-Woodbury High School film teacher Christopher Truett.
In total, more than 250 students from 29 schools and organizations across the U.S. will participate in the AT&T Film Invitational. AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation are awarding nearly $25,000 to help filmmakers from 14 schools and organizations, including Monroe-Woodbury High School, participate in the big event.
The student teams are competing for $26,000 in cash prizes, which will be awarded to their schools or programs. Winning films will be announced October 9 at the annual “Teen Indy Awards” presented by Full Screen. The films will also be screened at the AMC Theaters in Times Square on October 9.
AT&T will make the winning film, or a montage of winning films, available to schools, youth organizations and parents free of charge through their Digital You initiative. Digital You is a continuing effort to provide tools, tips and guidance for people of all ages to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience.
Best of luck to Dan and Shonnon!