Work of two Walla Walla middle-schoolers selected for national film festival

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The National Film Festival for Talented Youth selected two student-produced films from a class taught by Pioneer Middle School Explorer teacher Dan Calzaretta.

Documentary “Queen of the Rink” is by filmmakers seventh-grader Hana Bobrow-Strain and eighth-grader Iman Bruner and looks at roller derby in Walla Walla.

The second film is by eighth-grader Vienna Mumm, “Ice Cream with Einstein.”

Dan said it’s the fourth consecutive year that NFFTY has chosen at least one film from Pioneer.

It is the largest youth film festival in the world, he said. About 800 films are submitted annually and about 200 are accepted.

Hana and Iman will be among the youngest filmmakers at the festival as most films are by college and film school students, he said in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

“This is an amazing festival. I wish all Explorer students could attend. The experience can be life-changing!”

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