Seven current and former CHCA students teamed up 08/06/20-08/09/20 to create a film for the 2020 Teen Film Challenge (TFC). The team will learn during the event’s online premiere screenings on 08/23/20 if they will claim Best Film honors for a second consecutive year.
The team produced a short film called The Voice in the Night during the three-day competition.
The team consists of current CHCA senior Jonah Bolander, CHCA alumni Jack Bolander ’18, Abby Cates ’19, Trevor Cebulskie ’19, Carter Jackson ’17, Gabe Schmidt ’19, and Malcolm Vanderwoude ’19. Lakota West junior Maggie Drake was the team’s producer, and University of Cincinnati sophomores Jack Curnutte and Trinity Hamm acted in the film. CHCA’s Theater Manager/Technical Director, Jim Jung, joined the team to act in one scene.
Schmidt wrote and directed the film. Cebulskie served as editor, Jonah Bolander served as cinematographer, and Jackson composed an original score. According to the event rules, the team’s director, cinematographer, editor, and producer must be 19 -years old or younger.
Team members wore masks the entire weekend, except for when actors had to remove them for their scenes.
CHCA has fared well in this event the past three years:
- In 2017, Schmidt won Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay with a film that Jackson scored.
- In 2018, a team of thirteen current and former students won the Audience Choice award and placed second overall in the competition, with CHCA alumnus Ben Paris ’19 earning Best Actor honors.
- In 2019, eight current and former students won Best Film and the Audience Choice award, with Schmidt claiming Best Director and Cebulskie being named Best Editor.
This is the sixth year The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts has put on TFC. Twenty teams competed in this year’s contest; 16 finished on time and will have their films shown at the online viewing. The competition is open to teens in a 500-mile radius of Cincinnati; competing teams were from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky.
At the kickoff event, each team drew a genre and a movie title, then had just 72 hours to make a short film (3-6 minutes) that fit both. CHCA’s team drew the category of Escape. Given the title The Voice in the Night, the group constructed a plot in which a mysterious voice sends one man on a perilous journey.
The online screening event will be held Sunday, 08/23/20 at 7:00 p.m. A panel of judges will award the top film and recognize winners in six other categories. The viewers will vote on an Audience Choice award, and the CHCA community is strongly encouraged to support the team’s film and vote for it. Buy tickets ($22)
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