Monday, April 30, 2012

Too Bad You Missed NFFTY

Posted by on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

At my daughter's urging we attended the "Centerpiece Gala" show Saturday night at NFFTY, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. To be honest, I wasn't too thrilled to be seeing a bunch of short films made by kids. Man was I surprised.

Both the Jury Award for best short and the Audience Award for the Centerpiece Gala went to The End, written, directed by, and starring Dom Fera, a 19-year-old sophomore at New York University. This kid is a future star, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him on TV or in the theaters sometime soon. In the meanwhile, I've embedded the full film above.

Sitting right in front of us was another Centerpiece Gala director, 21-year-old Vancouver BC based Joel Ashton McCarthy, who was showing Why Does God Hate Me? a short film covering the coming of age of a gay boy raised in a God-hates-fags Christian community. Funny. Sweet. Great acting by the kids. Can't find an embed code for it, so here's a link to the trailer.

Anyway, young filmmakers are lucky to have a venue like NFTTY, and we're fortunate to have this festival right here in Seattle. Corporate sponsors fund the festival, but NFTTY largely relies on individual donations to fund their year-round operations. If you have some lose change, it's well worth throwing them a few bucks.


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OwlTree 1
Great video! Thanks for posting. I'm totally going to download that soundtrack...
Posted by OwlTree on April 30, 2012 at 9:28 PM · Report this
That really was wonderful. I never would have seen it; thanks.
Posted by jen on April 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM · Report this
YEAH too bad for all of you who missed this amazing gem of a festival! Not only was most of the work of surprisingly high caliber, but being around the excitement of throngs of passionate, un-jaded young artists is no small thing. The perfect cure for cynicism.

Another name to look out for is Grand Rapids native Caleb Slain, who won Best Documentary for his docu-narrative "It Ain't Over," and swept up 3 other awards for his short "The Lost and Found Shop" at last year's NFFTY.

Bravo to co-founder Jesse Harris for his vision and hard work in making this the world's biggest festival of its kind. And bravo to all the kids who've restored my faith in the future of film.
Posted by kazos on April 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 4
Stop the Presses!!!

Goldy said something positive.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on May 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this

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