HOWELL, NJ – As their senior year draws to a close, members of Howell High School’s music, video and production (MVP) major have been racking up win after win on the film festival circuit, according to a press release from Howell High School on the MVP program.
Senior Amanda Katz recently won Best Home-Grown Student Short for her feature ‘He Loves Me, He Don’t Love Me’ at the 20th Annual Garden State Film Festival held earlier this spring, the school said in a news release. Katz also appeared and helped produce “Skipping a Beat,” directed and produced by Howell Video alum Michael D. Smith, Class of 2018.
Katz and frequent collaborator Blake Alcide also took home honors after screening projects at the annual Count Basie Teen + College film festival. Alcide, who is heading to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for film, had his poetry short “Ode to the Women of Long Island” screened, according to the press release.
Katz, who attends Dodge College of Film & Media Arts at Chapman University, had two films included. Her poetic adaptation film “Body, Forgive Me” and “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” received high scores. The combined average scores of the three projects resulted in Howell High School receiving the School Award and two Sony digital cameras.
Katz also took the Big Dreams Youth Film Festival by force. She left the annual event with a Best Music Video trophy for her adaptation of “Slow Dancing in the Dark” and later received the festival’s Rising Star Award.
Additionally, for the first time in over a decade, MVP has a regional video winner from the Technology Student Association (TSA) competition. Senior Lucia Assenza set out for a weekend to produce a short 60 second video explaining the uses of augmented reality. The Video on Demand winner now has the option to advance to the TSA Nationals. Assenza recently entered Rutgers University’s film program.
The students “have worked especially hard to showcase their voices and tell stories that resonate with audiences. Regardless of the wins, they continue to learn and grow. And that’s the kind of thing that will take them far into the future.” life,” said MVP Video Teacher. Scott Napolitano.
“We are exceptionally proud of their accomplishments and can’t wait to see what comes next for them.”
The Music, Video and Production program, formerly known as the Entertainment Technology program, is part of Howell’s Performing Arts Academy. Students who have completed four years of in-class video production have gone on to attend NYU Tisch, University of Southern California, Emerson, Savannah College of Art and Design, Florida State University, Syracuse, and many other prestigious programs.
Visit this link to see the films mentioned above, as well as many others created by current and former students.