How Kids Can Save the Planet
Saturday, November 4 from 1 to 4 pm • Friday Harbor House, San Juan Room
This innovative program presents films about, for, and produced by young filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest Region and beyond. The YFP will highlight the activities of film classes from Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor Washington.
Spring Street International School Video Production Class students will present Best Works 2017, a 40-minute compilation film showing highlights of the previous year’s film projects. Following the screening, video Instructor Fred Yockers and the students will be available to answer questions about their work. The students will also manage the Young Filmmakers Project screenings, including projection, lighting, and attending to patrons.
Following the video class presentation, the six student-produced films that were entered in the Festival’s Young Filmmakers Project competition will be shown. The winner of this competition, which challenged students of all ages to create a film limited to a length of five minutes, will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
The Young Filmmakers Project films are:
- Divestment: Seattle University by Will Green
- His First Time by Angie Violet Hawes
- Kui by Leo Miller
- Pigeonhood by Partho Gupte
- The Healing Art by Tashi Litch
- Trash Talk by Luke Fincher
How Kids Can Save the Planet
Dylan D’Haeze, a 13-year-old first-time filmmaker from Orcas Island, will introduce How Kids Can Save The Planet, the growing movement and film series that he is spearheading. It focuses on environmental issues, encouraging young people to reduce our harmful footprint on the earth, increasing our health and the health of our planet. Dylan will discuss his own journey of discovery that led to this project. Following the presentation and screening of his film, Plastic Is Forever, Dylan and his parents, Dawn and Kevin D’Haeze, will be on hand for a Q&A.
Since 2012, students at Seattle University have been actively pressuring the university to divest endowment funds that come from fossil fuel corporations, but the administration has consistently resisted their pleas. Divestment: Seattle University explores this stand-off.
Runtime: 7 ½ minutes
Will Green recently graduated with a BA in Film Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies at Seattle University. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he moved up to Seattle to attend college and has developed deep passions for filmmaking and the earth.
His First Time by Angie Violet Hawes
A young man always remembers his “first time” — first time being truthful, that is. Watch as one such young man learns a valuable life lesson from his girlfriend: sometimes it IS best not to tell the truth!
Runtime: 6 1/4 minutes
Angie “Angel” Violet is a 16-year-old award-winning filmmaker. A writer of songs and stories, a singer, and an actress, she has participated in many workshops for acting and is taking ongoing acting classes — including learning different accents — with Tony Alcantar, internationally renowned dialect coach. She’s also an athlete who likes to train before school every day.
The filmmaker found a Japanese survey marker on a local beach, and set out to find the stake’s original location. His search brought him into contact with people from around the world, including the CEO of a major corporation in Japan and his U.S. consultant. This is a story of how even a small piece of debris can instigate friendships among people who live a half a world apart.
Ever since Leo Miller was a young boy, he loved making short films and home videos. A 13-year-old Orcas Island native, he regularly walks the local beaches. One day he found a survey stake that had washed up from Japan. Inspired by the Friday Harbor Film Festival Young Filmmakers Project, he decided to make a film about the journey of discovery initiated by his “find.” As a result, he has become friends with the CEO of a major Japanese corporation as well as several prominent international surveyors.
Pigeonhood by Partho Gupte
A little pigeon was born on the filmmaker’s bedroom balcony. Pigeonhood traces its “coming of age,” examining its role in shaping the teenager’s own development. As Partho discovered, the pigeon’s fear of flying was no different from his own fear of exams!
Runtime: 5 minutes
Partho Gupte is a 16-year-old student studying at The Oberoi International School, Mumbai, India. He is an amateur musician, passionate poet, a Model United Nations enthusiast, and a film junkie. Regularly representing his school in a variety of competitions, he has won events in drama, elocution, writing, and poetry, as well as band events. Outside of school, he has played the lead roles in two films, Hawaa Hawaai (Counting Dreams) and Stanley Ka Dabba (Stanley’s Lunch Box) for which he won numerous awards. Pigeonhood is his first film. He is currently filming his second, Jasmine Stung, about child street workers.
The Healing Arts by Tashi Litch
The arts can be very important in the healing process. The designers of the new facility for Peace Island Medical Center on San Juan Island decided to include painting, sculpture, and fiber arts throughout the hospital space. 75 artists, most of them local, created more than 200 pieces of art that now grace the halls and grounds of the hospital.
Runtime: 4 ¼ minutes
Tashi Litch was born in Britain but was raised on a family farm on Orcas Island. He is a musical performer with his brother (Brothers for Sale) and family (The Crow Valley String Band). Tashi was a 2017 grant winner at Orcas Island Film Festival’s Short Film Project for his documentary, It Takes an Island.
Trash Talk by Luke Fincher
Many residents are extremely committed to keeping the roadsides and beaches of these beautiful islands free of litter. Trash Talk examines the problem of litter, and why it is important to properly dispose of our trash. It highlights the annual Great Islands Clean-Up, a popular event that is held each spring at the time of Earth Day.
Runtime: 5 minutes
Luke Fincher is an 8th grade student at FHMS and lives on San Juan Island. This is his first documentary, but he has already been inspired to tell more stories. Besides being behind the camera, Luke has enjoyed playing on the stage for our local San Juan Community Theatre. Luke enjoyed playing drums in the Community Marching Band for our 4th of July parade this year.