LBHS TV studio students awarded for films


Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students continued their longstanding success streak at the Locust Valley Film Festival, an annual event held at Locust Valley High School that provides students with an opportunity to showcase their films with the prospect of earning distinctions.

The 14th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival was judged by ABC Television’s film critic Sandy Kenyon, and featured entries from 12 schools. Prior to the event, students submitted films for prejudging, and film professors at Five Towns College selected 63 finalists.  

Long Beach students demonstrated skill and creativity as they achieved a total of two first-place awards, three second-place distinctions, a third-place designation and six honorable mentions. Melody Moy, Alexander Nachman, James O'Connor and Carly Siegel placed first for their comedy, "Finesse;" while Rachel Cheung took a first-place award for her animation, "Mission Luna.” Ashanti Sherred earned second-place for the drama, "Get Signed;” Charles Mandell placed second for his music video, "Purgatory;" and Dane DePasquale, Edward O'Shea and Ryan Selkirk achieved second-place for their Commercial, "Vektor Portable Battery Charger.” Robert Cody and Jack Richards won third place for the commercial, "LB Commercial." 

Numerous individuals and groups that attained honorable mention recognitions had their films played at the event. Representing Long Beach were Lorianna Allen, Kaia Cheung and Holly Ferrante with the commercial, "Eggo Commercial;" Rachel Cheung and Kaia Cheung with the drama, "Letters From A Half Decent Friend;" Ryan Selkirk and Zen Yokel with drama, "Out of Reach;" Jack Saggio, James Rosenthal, Mark Cadou with the drama, "Reflections" and Anthony Adames and Edgar Maradiaga with the PSAs, "Doubt" and "Motivation.”

Long Beach High School’s TV Studio Production students learn how to film and edit footage and have received numerous awards for their creative works and documentations of events. The classes are held in the digital media studio, which features professional-quality technology.