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ACT Student Places 2nd in Quiet Corner Film Festival

Willimantic - A student enrolled in EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school has taken second place in the Quiet Corner Film Festival (QCFF), an annual film competition that provides a venue for public exhibition of student work.

ACT senior Sarah Smith of Plainfield was awarded for her original film, A Christmas Dog. The 8-minute movie tells a story of lost love, unlikely companionship and new beginnings.         

“I was inspired by watching Lifetime movies with my grandmother during the holidays and wanted to capture that same holiday spirit for this project,” said Smith.

Smith plans to attend The University of Maine at Farmington this fall.

The QCFF was created for aspiring student filmmakers in Connecticut who want to bring their imagination, vision and filmmaking skills to life.

 “I am happy for Sarah and her second-place finish,” said ACT Media Technology teacher Dan Boisvert. “She has worked for the past four years and for her to be recognized for this project is well deserved.”

A Christmas Dog was a project of ACT’s student-run Advanced Audio/Visual class in which writing students and audio/visual students work together to create independent productions while adhering to the National Core Arts Standards.

ACT student contributors to the film include senior Samantha Morowski, Danielson, actor; junior JT Loefflad, Willington, writer; junior Noah Bourassa, Plainfield, actor; junior Christian Ereshena, Willimantic, camera operator; and ACT alumni Evan Saunders, actor.

To view the 2017 QCFF films visit quietcornerfilmfestival.org.

ACT, a performing arts magnet high school, is now recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in the 2017-2018 school year. Students have daily access to creative experiences through a rigorous curriculum that integrates the performing arts with more traditional academic high school subjects. Visit www.eastconn.org/act to learn more or download an application.

EASTCONN, which administers ACT, is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.