Staples High School pulses with exciting, challenging classes.
But there are many chances to learn outside the classroom too.
Staples Independent Learning Experience is one path. Students spend a semester or full year working independently or collaboratively, on a project they’re passionate about.
They’re supported by an Independent Learning Experiences teacher, and a faculty mentor.
Last school year, 6 students directed and produced films. On December 20 (6:30 p.m.), the Westport Library will host their international premieres. Afterward, media studies teacher/advisor Lauren Bullock will moderate a talkback, with the filmmakers.
The films at the Westport Young Filmmakers’ Forum include:
Chucknea’s Biopic (Filmmaker: Jacob Friedman)
An ex-criminal-turned-interdimensional defense officer investigates a lead on a former crime partner, only to discover a more sinister plot for revenge that implicates the security of all dimensions.
Plus One Filmmakers: Leah Chapman, Tate Mullineaux)
Co-dependency and instability challenge 2 teens, as they try to deal with everyday life.
Sincerely, Nadia Filmmaker: Elen Macaluso)
Struggling with mental health issues, a high school girl reflects on her life.
Edges of Love (Filmmaker: Ben Seideman)
A couple preys on unsuspecting victims in a twisted game of betrayal, manipulation and psychosis.
Crucible (Filmmaker: Jack Rein)
A timid youngster suffering from domestic violence is transformed into a confident vigilante, as his family collapses onto him.
If you’re thinking of amateur attempts made with cheap equipment held by shaky hands — think again.
This is 2022. These high school kids have been taught well.
They’ve learned a lot on their own, too.
See their last high school films on the Westport Library’s big screen.
You will probably see their work in years to come.
On a much larger one.
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