Marvelwood School film project under way
Award-winning film studies program at Marvelwood School in Kent continue over the summer.
Student filmmakers, Oliver Sanchez of Amenia, N.Y., of the class of 2020, and Cole Branson of the class of 2021, Max Branson of the class of 2018 and Maggie Everett of the class of 2016, all of Kent, and film studies teacher Ben Willis are making short films for The National Park Service, focusing on cultural, historic, and scientific topics in the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.
The group is working on a documentary on dancer and choreographer Paula Josa Jones P’10 as she prepares for a dance performance to take place in the Housatonic River Aug. 18-19.
The performance, as part of the “River Body Project,” is designed to highlight the significance and value of the Housatonic River to each of us individually and to our communities as a whole.
In 2017, The Video Exploration Program was launched as a collaboration between Marvelwood and The Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area, which is part of the National Park Service.
A number of short films were produced, including “Ethan Allen: An American Icon,” which won for best five-minute documentary at Skills21 at EdAdvance Red Carpet Film Festival.