Tommy Shenefield '19 Film Selected for All American High School Film Festival
On October 12, “Christ the Redeemer,” a film created by Tommy Shenefield'19 while he was a student at CSW, made its big-screen debut at the AMC theatre in Times Square. Tommy, who is now in his first year at Vassar College, was selected for the All American High School Film Festival, the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world.
Tommy’s film was originally submitted to the "Experimental" category, however, once selected, the film was moved to the "Micro Movie" category. Tommy created this short film in 9th grade in visual art teacher Chris Whittaker's film class, “Appropriation in Film and Video.” The assignment called for students to choose a historic landmark or anything that is often photographed, gather as many images of it as possible, and then create movement through a smooth progression of those images. Tommy chose the Christ the Redeemer staatue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fast-forward four years and Tommy describes watching his film at the AMC Theatre in Times square as surreal.
“When I was making the video a few years back, hunched over at my computer staring at hundreds of pictures of Jesus flashing by me over and over, I could not have imagined that I would one day watch that same film on the big screen,” says Tommy.
Although he primarily makes movies because he enjoys it as a creative outlet, Tommy says he was happy to receive this honor. “It is nice to know that others appreciate my work, and to have my film reach a larger audience,” he says.
These days, Tommy is busy chipping away at college so he does not have any new videos, but he hopes his experiences and stories on campus will make their way into future projects, so be sure to look out for more Tommy Shenefield videos soon! In the meantime, enjoy his short film “Chris the Redeemer” selected to the Micro Movie category of the All American High School Film Festival.
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