HHS Film Festival Fills CAC Theater
A near capacity crowd turned out for last week's third annual Huntington High School film festival hosted by the Cinema Arts Centre at its Park Avenue facility. The fun evening showcased 29 short films created by talented video students. The works ranged from about 30 seconds to several minutes.
This marked the first year the event was held at the Cinema Arts Centre, but it won't be the last. Dylan Skolnick, CAC co-director, said he plans on hosting the festival again next spring and considers participating in such an event as part of the cinema's mission.
Popcorn was distributed free of charge to festival-goers, who settled into their seats early. Unfortunately, dozens of folks arrived after the lights went down, making it difficult to navigate down the aisle and rows. Most members of the tardy group ended up standing in the back of the theatre
The films ran the gamut from comedy and public service announcements to deeply personal and dramatic. "I am so proud of my students and the quality of work they have produced this year," said art teacher Heather Swan, who heads the high school's computer arts program. "It was so impressive to see the films on the big screen at the Cinema Arts Centre. We are so grateful to them for hosting us and we can't wait until next year."
Some films were hilarious while others were touching. Some struck a nerve and even caused tears to well up in the eyes of those in the theater. On their way out of the facility many in the crowd said they "loved" the fast-paced festival and thought the films were "exceptionally well done."