Dan Calzaretta is quite pleased with area middle-schoolers whose works have been accepted by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, one of the world’s largest youth film festivals.
NFFTY receives more than 700 films and chooses about 200. The festival will be April 25-28 in Seattle.
The Pioneer Explorers classes had three films accepted, Dan said: two documentaries by seventh-graders, “Music to Our Ears,” by Tori Matlock, Anna Moore and Emma Wenzel; and “A Bread Life,” by Seamus Duffy, Scott Golden and Trevor Kytola; and a short film, “Accepting,” by eighth-graders Emily Coleman and Sophia Gregoire.
Not only that, but an animated film, “A Troubled Cow Confides in You,” by Walla Walla High School senior Peter Tucker, a former Pioneer Explorer, was also accepted.
Seamus, Scott and Trevor shot their film solely with an iPad2, Dan said. Tori, Anna and Emma shot theirs on the iPad2 then edited it on a Mac. A CenturyLink grant purchased the iPads.
Some of the youngest students have gone to NFFTY from Pioneer during the last three years, Dan said. “Most films accepted to the festival are made by college and film school students. In addition to showcasing student films, NFFTY has seminars given by producers and film makers from around the world, including Hollywood,” he said.
Pioneer submitted 17 films to the NFFTY festival this year, more than any previous year.
With pack competition completed, area Cub Scouts will now run their cars in the Pioneer District Pinewood Derby from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Assumption School Gymnasium, 2066 E. Alder St.
The top three winners from the 10 Cub Scout Packs will be racing their handcrafted vehicles. As many as 30 racers are expected.
Packs 333 and 309 will co-host. Registration is at 9 a.m. and there is a $6 registration fee, payable on race day.
The cars are eligible if they adhere to the rules found in Boy Scouts of America car kits, “no more, no less, no exceptions.”
Length, width and weight are regulated. A repair station with drill and hot glue gun will be provided to make minor adjustments and repairs.
Parker Davis of Walla Walla made the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at Berklee College of Music, Boston.
To be eligible for this honor, full-time students must achieve at least a 3.4 GPA.
Berklee’s curriculum focuses on practical career preparation for the music industry.
Four-year degrees are offered in performance, jazz composition, music production and engineering, film scoring, music business/management, composition, music synthesis, contemporary writing and production, music education, songwriting, music therapy and professional music.