High schoolers have their work shown in the silver screen

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Pictured (L-R) from La Citadelle are Christophe Young, filmmaker, The Warrior; and Nicolas Paradis, assistant/concept co-creator.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Two area student-filmmakers had their work previewed up on the big screen, over the weekend, at the annual Aultsville Winter Filmfest.

Seventeen-year-old Christophe Young, of La Citadelle, describes his style of filmmaking, as speed paining.  A talented visual artist, since the age of five, Young started making short films when discovered digital art drawing, and how to film it and speed it up, he explained.

He says that he was surprised to hear that two of his films had been selected to preview at the festival, after a guidance councillor, who saw his work on the internet, asked if she could submit them for consideration. Young said that he thought nothing more of it at the time, but is excited to have the opportunity.  

The first of two, inspired by a concept in collaboration with his friend, Nicolas Paradis, The Warrior, presented before Woody Allen’s, Blue Jasmine, depicts a warrior on top of a mountain holding the severed head of a rival battle leader.

“It turned out a lot better than we even thought. I’m quite proud of it actually.”

His second short, presented before the French film, Renoir, Fantasy Street, was inspired by a piece of piano music he was listening to at the time, and depicts a bourgeois-style street scene.

The grade twelve student, who also excels in math, will be taking his artistic talents to Carlton University, next year, where he will be studying architecture.

Also on the big screen from a student, were two short films by Colin Boisvenue, from CCVS, Stash for Cash, about the school’s Movember fundraising efforts for men’s health issues, and a stop-motion, using Lego blocks, called The Election, in collaboration with Alex Da.

Other shorts, presented throughout the course of the weekend, included one from local visual artist, Jane McMillan, about her work, as well as a music video by Gerald Swift, of Glen Robertson, on young, accomplished cellist from Alexandria, Noel Campbell.

Rounding out the selection of features, this year, were 20 Feet from Stardom, The Attack, Gabrielle, and Kon Tiki.

Festival patron, Edith Sturgeon, from Cornwall, who has been attending the festival since the beginning, has been recruiting more and more family and friends to attend, each year, from Ottawa and even as far as Oakville.

“It’s a good family and friend weekend,” said Sturgeon. “It gives you a different prospective of movies when you go to the Galaxy and see a James Bond movie, or a Tom Cruise movie, that’s fun too, but these are a different genre – a lot of food for thought. The foreign films with subtitles you get really focused, you become part of their family in the movie. It’s very interesting.”

The festival, held at Aultsville Theatre, hosted a Saturday night reception, on the stage of the theatre.

Organizations: Blue Jasmine, Carlton University, The Election Aultsville Theatre

Geographic location: Ontario, La Citadelle, Fantasy Street Glen Robertson Alexandria Ottawa Oakville

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