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Columbia City High School to hold student film festival at local theater

Columbia City Film Fest
ELLA ABBOTT
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WBOI
One of the films, 'Equivocal,' shows at Bones Theater during a test screening for the student's films on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Columbia City High School is holding a film festival to showcase the final short films of their senior film lit class.

The festival is a one-night-only event hosted by Bones Theater in Columbia City. The class has spent the spring putting together seven short films that will show at the theater on June 2.

Melanie Mason has been facilitating the class for seven years and says this is the sixth year they’ve shown the films at Bones Theater. She said every year the students raise the bar for the next class.

“Of all the film festivals, their stories – the pace of their stories and the flow of their stories, across the board, through all seven of them – is probably the best we’ve had,” Mason said.

Mason said students have also raised the bar on the variety of camera shots and angles used throughout the films.

The film festival is open to the public, with a $3 ticket that can be purchased in several places including the high school’s main office and Bones Theater. Tickets will also be available at the door, but seating is limited.

The festival will take place on June 2. The 6 PM show is sold out, but there will be a second showing at 7:45 that is first come, first serve.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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