In 2015, Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students developed the documentary, “St. Mary of the Isle: A Century by the Sea,” thanks to the resources and equipment provided in the Digital Media Studio. Since then, teacher Eric Krywe has entered this piece in several film festivals across the world.

The documentary is currently in the running for awards in the Great Lakes Short Film Festival, Amarcord Chicago Arthouse TV and Film Festival and Erie International Film Festival. Voting instructions and links are as follows:

Great Lakes Short Film Festival voters must purchase a ticket, which also provides the opportunity to view the film electronically, for $1.99. This is open until Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m. and can be accessed via the following link:

Viewers must go to St. Mary of the Isle: A Century by the Sea under the Religious/Spiritual category, and on the next page "Click here to watch now.” Amarcord Chicago Arthouse TV & Film Festival voters should follow this link and scroll down to the entries that begin with “S”:!/2015/official-selection.html

Erie International Film Festival can click on the red Official Film Selections and go to Documentary Short via the link, The film can also be accessed/purchased via the link:

The short film focuses on St. Mary of the Isle Church in Long Beach as it celebrated its 100th year. A brief history of the past century of the church's existence is highlighted, and interviews of current and past parishioners, the youth minister, and the pastor are included.

“It is difficult to compete against other schools, but it is quite the accomplishment to compete against professionals in the industry, who do this every day,” Mr. Krywe stated. “The fact that this short documentary film was accepted into a few film festivals is pretty amazing.”