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Teens'-eye views of the world via film

At noon Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Capitol Theatre, the ninth Arlington International Film Festival presents a range of films by teens.

As in the past, expect the unexpected, as brief bullets of cinema fire from the visions of youth.

Those perspective take aim worldwide. Some are from filmmakers nearby.

Under the umbrella title, "Changing the World Through Film," you will see Boston premieres of "A Journey to Acceptance," a documentary by Sami Dowd of Swampscott in which a student reflects on her diagnosis as having with Autism Spectrum Disorder and "Dear Me" by Sama Muhammad of Baltimore, a personal story addressing "why black lives matter."

As well as "Shrink" by Kayla Jorgensen of Hyannis, with a short film adapted from a poem about a teenage girl struggling with an eating disorder, and the New England premiere of "Discoveries: Awakening," by Noah Semeria of Chicago. Named the Best Experimental work among student offerings, the film highlights beauty, motion and life experiences that encourage our awakening in order to live a more fulfilling life.

In "Social Cinema," named Best of Festival, the documentary by Carolina Sánchez of Spain offers a 10-minute short focusing on bullying, paraplegics, homosexuality and refugees.

'Civil Discourse?'

Hunter Wanger, 18, goes to Marblehead High School, His three-minute film, "Civil Discourse?," is an attempt to figure out how to make political discussions in the United States less divisive and violent.

A man-on-the-street-style interview with passersby in Lynn and Marblehead, the film came about this way: Wanger told YourArlington that he was inspired after witnessing the 2017 riots at U.C. Berkeley in the wake of controversial speakers visiting the campus

"The actions that I saw were downright unacceptable, and I believed that if it was not corrected that violence like that would likely become more common and accepted," he wrote.

Although he does not see filmmaking as part of his future, he calls the most exciting part of the filmmaking process the editing stage. "That is when everything that was done previously comes together into the final product," he wrote.  

His documentary/experimental film was made as part of Raw Art Works in Lynn. It has received a festival honorable mention.

Another film from Raw Art Works is "Piece of Mind" by Noel Pichardo, also an honorable mention. The experimental piece is about the parallels between dance and imagery.

See the Boston premiere of "How to be 18," a four-minutes narrative film by Tünde Paule of Natick, judged Best Mass. Filmmaker.

Eighteen, the age of legal adulthood, but how to be ‘an adult’ is not taught; rather, it is something that must be figured out.

Virginia connection

The following films are from Light House Studio, Charlottesville, Va.:

Oh Sugar! from  on Vimeo.

"Oh Sugar!" (2 minutes) Bryan Guzman | Animation | Boston premiere: A Kit Kat goes on an adventure.

"Differential Equations" (4 minutes) Luciana Kerner Matos, Abby Lyons, Serena Loomba, Sam Snoddy, Bryan Guzman | Boston premiere

The narrative tells of an eccentric substitute teacher who challenges students' views on life.

Margo on Vimeo.

"Margo" (4 minutes) by Amelia Maxham, Libby Slaughter, Ben Clark, Summers Worthington, Johnny Krosby-Groner, Jhael J. Rasheed, Victoria Stiefvater, Conrad Heins, Nicholas Tennery, Jago Gould | Animation | Boston premiere

Judged Best Animation, it portrays a young man stuck in a mundane job daydreaming of a woman named Margo.

"Changing the Narrative" (9 minutes) by Christian Means, Deonte Johnson, JaQuavion Gaines, Juliani Robinson | Boston premiere

Rated Best Documentary, the narrative explores the life experiences of the black man and advice for young men.

Following these showings is a reception at the Fox Library with a moderated conversation led by Mona Mohtadi, underwritten by the Arlington Martin Luther King Committee.


Full 2019 film festival >>


This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

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