RUSD Stu­dents Shine At State Film Festival

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­leader.com

The Reel Life Film Festival was hosted on Wed­nes­day, May 4 at the his­toric State Theatre in Modesto where stu­dents from Mesa Verde El­e­men­tary, Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue El­e­men­tary, and River­bank Lan­guage Academy were award win­ners in all three cat­e­gories of the film festival, mak­ing River­bank the only school dis­trict to take hon­ors at all lev­els.

“I think the stand­out mo­ment is each of the River­bank schools that sub­mit­ted, re­ceived awards within each of the cat­e­gories for the Film Festival,” ex­pressed Keenon Krick, Pro­gram/Grant Man­ager for River­bank Uni­fied School Dis­trict. “This is very ex­cit­ing for the stu­dents, their par­ents, and the staff at each of the schools. This shows the ded­i­ca­tion of the staff and stu­dents to

see through a very lengthy project to de­velop a film they can be proud of, and they will have a record of it for years to come.”

The red car­pet was laid out for all at­ten­dees and each film that placed first, sec­ond or third re­ceived a tro­phy and award win­ners were able to give an ac­cep­tance speech on stage if they wanted to do so.

The stu­dent-pro­duced films are sub­mit­ted by fifth through eighth grade stu­dents through­out Re­gion 6 which in­cludes Amador, Calav­eras, San Joaquin, Stanis­laus and Tuolumne coun­ties. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the af­ter school pro­gram are able to sub­mit films and each school site par­tic­i­pat­ing sub­mit­ted three films each.

There were ap­prox­i­mately 110 stu­dents, fam­ily mem­bers and dis­trict staff from River­bank that at­tended the Reel Life Film Festival last week.

Tak­ing first place in the Stop Mo­tion Cat­e­gory for a film ti­tled “Of Snow­men” were Mesa Verde stu­dents Kyle Ala­nis, Ale­jan­dro Mo­rales, Alonso Martin, and Jose Arel­lano.

The Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue El­e­men­tary film ti­tled “River­bank Pays it For­ward” made by Sage McCann, Olivia Reyes, and Erica Car­reno placed first in the Doc­u­men­tary Cat­e­gory.

In the Block­buster Cat­e­gory, eighth graders Joey Tim­pone and Adam Martinez from River­bank Lan­guage Academy tied for sec­ond place with a film ti­tled “A Les­son for the Roy­als,” with class­mate Alexan­dra Flores tak­ing on a lead act­ing role.

“The films are scored and then ranked within the par­tic­u­lar Film Cat­e­gory they sub­mit within,” said Krick. “Within each film cat­e­gory there are cri­te­ria such as iden­ti­fy­ing which type of film it is, meet­ing the time length re­quire­ments, have a cred­its page at the end of the film, cre­ativ­ity with how the films are made, and the use of tech­nol­ogy in mak­ing the films.”

The theme for this year’s festival was “Pay it For­ward” and stu­dents had to cre­ate films based on the theme. The pan­els of judges con­sisted of em­ploy­ees from the Stanis­laus County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion that scored and ranked the films within each film cat­e­gory.

“The stu­dents first have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an ac­tiv­ity that is go­ing to ex­pand their knowl­edge and skills, they would not have the op­por­tu­nity to do any­where else at this point in their life,” added Krick. “Since the Reel Life Film Festival’s fo­cus is on film mak­ing, this ac­tiv­ity in­volves the use of learn­ing tech­nol­ogy, the art of film mak­ing, math skills, lan­guage arts skills, pub­lic speak­ing skills, and lead­er­ship skills.

“This is a year­long project for most of the stu­dents with de­vel­op­ing these films and for them to fin­ish this off with a cul­mi­nat­ing, for­mal red car­pet event at the Modesto State Theater is very ex­cit­ing for them and their fam­i­lies.”

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Joey Tim­pone, left, and Alexan­dra Flores, eighth grade stu­dents from River­bank Lan­guage Academy starred in a Reel Life Film ti­tled “A Les­son for the Roy­als” where they tied for sec­ond place in the Block­buster Cat­e­gory at the festival held at the State Theatre this past Wed­nes­day.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Get­ting a chance to show­case their work, these stand­out stu­dents from River­bank Uni­fied School Dis­trict cre­ated films that did very well at the Reel Life Film Festival ear­lier this month.

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