"Future Film" - Hear what St. Edward's film students and recent alums have to say about their roles as filmmakers in a city lit up by cinema.
Read the Summer 2015 St. Edward Magazine feature on the Film Department, "Focus On Film."
FILM AT ST. EDWARD
The St. Edward Film Department echoes director Stanley Kubrick's adage that "the best education in film is to make one." Thus, through our seven elective and IB Film courses, we cultivate a love for the artform by empowering St. Edward's young artists to not only critically view and discuss great cinematic works from around the globe, but also write, light, film, and edit short films of their own design.
Multiple graduates of the Film Department have been accepted into the most acclaimed film schools in the country (USC, NYU's Tisch School), have earned accolades in international (The 41st and 43rd Cleveland International Film Festivals), national (The White House's Student Film Festival) and regional short film contests, and have worked on commercial campaigns featuring Cleveland Cavaliers, Estabrook Corporation, and Lakewood Catholic Academy.
In the past five years, several of our Film alumni have gone on to produce work for Vogue Magazine, ABC (Alec Battistoni 15') and Factory Seconds, a brass trio featuring members of the Cleveland Orchestra (Kevin Ng 17'). Connor Ling '16 and Andre Holland '19 have served as featured interns for the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and over 50 of our IB Film students have collaborated on three award-winning pro bono short documentaries for highly respected Cleveland non-profits (Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center).
And since 2017, our young filmmakers have won six of America's most coveted young filmmaker awards: the Student Production Awards from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, best known for their annual presentation of the Emmys.
Since 2016, over 50 of our Film students have collaborated on three award-winning pro bono short documentaries for highly respected Cleveland non-profits. These films serve as our upperclassmen's expression of Servant Leadership within the context of film class. Their work has been featured in the 43rd and 41st Cleveland International Film Festivals, the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Hathaway Brown's iMagine Festival, the Kids Film It Festival and won 2 Student Production Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In partnership with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the St. Edward Film Department committed its Spring 2018 semester to the creation of "Labyrinth": a collection of interviews in which women throughout Greater Cleveland share their experiences with misogyny, sexual harassment and assault. While the production of "Labyrinth" will enable our students to advance their skills in digital filmmaking and documentary ethics, it will double as a means of confirming our Holy Cross commitment to fostering good relationships--specifically by empowering these young men to develop more authentic listening skills and greater compassion towards women.
In the wake of Pope Francis’ "Share The Journey" campaign, which aims to create a world that welcomes immigrants, refugees and migrants with dignity and respect, we devoted much of the 2017 school year to the production of "Out Of The Garden":
a short documentary about Syrian refugees who have resettled in Northeast Ohio. From January to May, 23 International Baccalaureate Film students at St. Edward engaged in a rigorous process to document the refugee crisis as it pertained to Greater Cleveland; our young filmmakers participated in an extended survey of what makes for effective and ethical documentaries, researched the complex nature of the Syrian Civil War, and trained with digital video and audio equipment
that would enable them to capture the stories of their resettled neighbors.
"Razzle Dazzle" was our pilot short documentary, made in tandem with Beck Center for the Arts. From January to May of 2016, our IB Film juniors forged a partnership with Lakewood’s Beck Center for the Arts to produce a short documentary about Razzle Dazzle: an annual musical revue that features special needs artists from Northeastern Ohio.
Click here to see the work of our student filmmakers.