When CCUSD went to distance learning in the spring, Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) had to get more creative than it has ever been (and that’s saying a lot). AVPA’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers Lee Hanson (theatre) and Holly Gable (film) directed a short film called Reflections, featuring a physically-distanced cast and crew of 28 CCHS female students.
CCUSD’s Director of Secondary Teaching & Learning, Dr. Lisa Michel, enthusiastically supports these types of collaborations. “Career Technical Education has brought a whole new world of professionals and working artists into our school community. These types of work-based learning projects are what make for a quality CTE program, and provide an invaluable opportunity for our students. It is gratifying and so exciting to see their work being recognized.”
Unfortunately, the film cannot currently be shown. But it’s for one of the best reasons in the creative world: the Cannes Short Film Festival, one of the most prestigious events in the film industry, selected Reflections to be screened as its festival! Films that are entered into festivals can’t be out there for general public viewing until the festivals conclude.
But there is a chance to see Reflections from the comfort of your own home. You can attend the virtual Cannes Short Film Festival this weekend. Reflections is in Block 6 and will be available this Sunday September 13. You can purchase/pre-order tickets here: http://www.cannes-shorts.com/csff/csff-festival.html
This short was written by Ginger Anderson-Willis, edited by Sofia Camberos, given an original score by Melody Caudill and features 28 young women. All of the young women who participated in the film are current CCHS students or recent CCHS grads.
“I know that this year has been so unimaginably difficult,” said Lee Hanson, “but here is some good news in the midst of the challenges. Our girls are being recognized and celebrated all around the country and the world. Their voices and words are powerful. Hopefully you have a chance to watch them and cheer them on from home. Go team, go!!!”
If you aren’t free this weekend, not to worry, the film has also been selected to be screened in three other upcoming festivals, all virtually:
Indie Short Fest
Moving Parts Film Festival
New York Movie Awards
The Cannes Short Film Festival showcases the best of international short filmmaking in the world’s most famous film festival city – Cannes. CSFF brings together filmmakers from around the world for an amazing presentation of cinematic excellence and exciting innovation. Screening more than fifty short films, the 2020 CSFF is the seventh sensational annual event dedicated to short filmmaking, from September 17 to 20.