Lights! Camera! Windward Media Arts in Action! On May 19, students, parents, and faculty strutted their red carpet stuff as they attended Windward’s First Annual Media Arts & Film Lab Showcase! Held at the historic Aero Theater in Santa Monica, the event allowed students to show off the digital content they’d created over the course of the year in their various Media Arts programs. It also featured a special keynote speaker in Maggie Kiley. The award-winning filmmaker and actress spoke at length, sharing her own thoughts on film and answering attendees’ questions.
Shirley Award Winners
The real draw of the event was the films themselves, and three lucky groups came away with the coveted “Shirley Award” for best films. Noah G. ’23, Hudson B ’23, Will A. ’23, and Campbell S. ‘23 won for their parody, "The Sleepover.” Riley M. ’22 and Lucy L. ’22 won a Shirley for their character-driven narrative, "A Life Worth Living." And capping off the evening, Juliana Bologna ’20 and Elijah Cohen ’21 took home a win for their horror-adventure film, "The Summoning."
Said Drue Metz, Director of Media Arts & Film Lab, on the event: "Our first annual showcase had an overwhelmingly positive reception! It was so rewarding to see our students celebrate their work, their achievements as young filmmakers, and their growth as both storytellers and as people. We’re already planning for next year, and think the best is yet to come! Bravo!"