The next generation of filmmakers take the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival by storm, learning the process of filmmaking, submitting shorts for group screenings and finally, expanding short films into full-length feature films in a way that would have been financially impossible just a few short years ago.
16-year-old Jack Fessenden came to the festival last year with a short in youth films, which he expanded into a feature narrative called Stray Bullets that justly takes its place among the features without mention of his age. His parents, Larry Fessenden and Beck Underwood of Glass Eye Pix, have been making films for decades and now nurture their son’s burgeoning talent as a film professional.
This year, 13-year-old Benny Rendell has two films in the youth initiative screening: Listen and Cracked. His website mirroruptonaturefilms.com, shows these and other shorts that the teen developed and completed that are currently making their way around the regional film festival circuit.
Since its inception as an educational not-for-profit arts organization, the Woodstock Film Festival has been committed to youth and education as a means to positive development, conflict resolution and growth opportunity. The festival proudly presents its Teen Film Program each year as an event that encourages young filmmakers and showcases some of the best young talent from the local region and across the world.
Filmmakers, actors, producers, writers, animators and others from the film industry will give area students a first-hand look at the film business at Woodstock Film Festival’s annual CAREER DAY on Friday Oct. 14 at Onteora High School in Boiceville.
This year’s Youth films are:
Cracked, directed by Benny Rendell
Day By Day, directed by Nihal Dantluri
Domar: To Tame, directed by Benjamin Ades
He, She, directed by Maia Liebeskind
The Last Night of the World, directed by Harrison O’Clair
Listen, directed by Benny Randell
Marquis, directed by Maya Suchak
One Day on Carver Street, directed by Azure Allen
Spiral, directed by Tatum Lenberg