Cinema Arts NY Trip: October Monthly Recap
Our Cinema Arts program faculty, along with senior, Aidan Williams '24, and several Cinema Arts alums (Ben Caloza '21, Darby Cullison '21, Milo Evaschen '21, Scarlett McQuaid '23, Cooper Olson '23, Lily Olson '20, Adriano Roy '22, Gunnar Sizemore '23, and Mason Vaughan '20), traveled to New York City for All American High School Film Festival and the 2023 NYC Film Invitational competition. Our team competed in the 2023 NYC Film Invitational, the world’s premier, on-site student filmmaking competition where students shoot and edit a short film in 72 hours on-set in NYC! Our Providence team were finalists for Best Invitational - Complete Experience for: What You Don't Know About Oscar Gomez's Shoes.
At the All-American High School Film Festival, alum, Adriano Roy '22, won an award for Best Experimental Film for his film, Willy Nilly, and nominated for Best Cinematography for film as well. His film, Willy Nilly, explored the story of an apprehensive teenage artist set on completing her opus falling victim to procrastination and dangerous distraction—pitting her against herself and her craft.
“What inspired me to tell this story [Willy Nilly] is something I struggle with daily which is my ADHD. The main character in my film struggles with substance abuse, which I wanted to portray as though it was a hyper fixation that distracts her from what she loves most.” Adriano Roy '22 shared.
The experience was an incredible opportunity for our students, faculty, and alumni. We are especially thankful to Dakin Matthews, actor, playwright, director, theatrical scholar and father of Providence High School Principal, Annie Matthews, for gracing our short film with your exquisite acting and mentoring our students in the fine art of filmmaking.