GC Movie Makers Among the Best at L.I. Media Arts Show

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Two Glen Cove High School students were distinguished and recognized for their videos at the Long Island Media Art Show, which was held March 19 at Five Towns College.

Juniors Danny Casale and Shalyn Cabaroy were awarded with best in show for their pieces “Five Dwellers” and “The Bodies Still Fell,” respectively. Danny worked on his project on his own time and Shalyn completed her piece as part of the TV Production 4 Independent Study class. Both students spent about four weeks writing, filming and producing their works from start to finish and their videos are eligible be screened at an upcoming professional film festival sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission this spring.

“The Media Arts Show is really a confirmation of the work the students have been doing all year,” said Media Communications Teacher Christopher Barry. “Seeing the judges react to it so positively is another huge affirmation to the fact that these students are doing great work. This is one of the best examples of a festival where the students can really feel good about the work they are doing.”

The showcase provides high school students with an excellent opportunity to showcase their work and gain inspiration from their peers. In its 24th year, the show features students from approximately 20 high school television and film production programs across Long Island in an innovative showcase among peers and industry professionals, displaying videos in several different rooms. Judges selected about 12 best in show films at the conclusion of the showcase, viewing them in a larger room with everyone in attendance watching at once.

Additionally, three of the four students who exhibited work for the show interviewed for the prestigious New York State Summer School for the Media Arts – a highly competitive four-week intensive television and film program held at SUNY Oswego. Danny, Shayln and senior Michael Montesantos met with the representative, who is only on Long Island during the show, and recommended all three students for admittance into the program this summer. They are pictured in the lead photo with Mr. Barry, while Danny and Shalyn are seen separately displaying their L.I. Media Art Show awards.