IB Student Film Screened at World's Largest Student Film Festival

Congratulations to Class of 2019 filmmakers Lauren Fisher, director (San Diego State University); John Grayson, director of photography/composer (University of Southern California); Ashley Kao, editor (UCLA); and Benjamin Erhardt, screenwriter (University of Notre Dame) on the acceptance of “I’m Fine” as an official selection of the 2019 All American High School Film Festival. Since the film's debut at the festival, "I'm Fine" went viral on YouTube with over 1 million views and counting. The film stars Kyle Hastings ’18 and Lindsey Mazelin ’18 and is produced by Santa Margarita visual arts teacher Corey Lindabury ’93. 

The short film, featuring an embattled student with a difficult past and an unexpected hero and his stunning motivations, was screened this fall at the AMC Empire Theaters in New York City’s Times Square. The All-American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) is the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from across the globe and the largest high school film festival in the world. At the festival, Santa Margarita alumni filmmakers had the opportunity to screen their piece, learn from top industry professionals, connect with the latest technology, explore education opportunities and be a part of a community with a shared passion for film.

More than 2,000 submissions from 50 states and 40 plus countries were received. In addition to being an official selection, “I’m Fine” was one of ten films nominated for Best Original Score by John Grayson. The project was a culmination of the students’ four years of film production courses at SMCHS. Students work collaboratively to plan and create an original film.

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