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NKY Filmmakers Make Strong Showing at First Annual Student Service Film Festival

Young filmmakers from Northern Kentucky took home most of the top honors at the first annual Student Service Film Festival, featuring 30 videos from 12 schools.

More than 150 people attended the screening and awards show at Thomas More University. Second graders to high school seniors received medals and trophies for their videos that included short documentaries and public service announcements.       

“The kids blew us away,” said Steve Oldfield, a TMU Communication instructor and documentary filmmaker who organized the event that was sponsored by Children, Inc. “These weren’t just solid videos - they had heart and showed just how much the students care,” Oldfield said.

Yealey Elementary’s Gavin Bradley and Ty Gatewood won the Grade School Award for their video “The Dangers of Screen Time.” It  took a comedic look at what happens when kids spend too much time looking at their phones and tablets. They showed a boy glued to his tablet stepping into his bathtub fully clothed, and another falling asleep while he watched a video on his phone during breakfast.  Another character fell down a bottomless pit because he wasn’t looking where he was going.

Highlands Middle School student Evan Jones won Best Middle School PSA for his video, “Start with Hello.” It featured the Sandy Hook Promise organization, aimed at preventing more school shootings.

In the high school division, Anderson High School’s Sophie Rodenparker  won Best Non-Profit Profile for her work about the organization A Voice For the Innocent, that helps victims of sexual abuse.   Ryle High School’s Devyn Eubank & Karthik Malyala  won Best Issue Video for their short film, “Despair Wears Wet Socks,” that looked at teen depression.  Cooper High School’s Jackson LaCroix won Best PSA for his video on teen suicide. Cooper also received the Special Recognition Award for overall excellence.

Teacher Jerilyn Giska was honored for her work with the students.

Organizers will be turning the awards ceremony into a show for TBNK cable that will feature all of the student videos. Its expected airdate is late May or early June.

-Staff report

Photos by Abbie Mattingly (provided)

Top photo: Cooper’s Jackson LaCroix won the Best High School PSA Award

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Ryle’s Devyn Eubank and Karthik Malyala won Best Issue Video