Dragonflicks Holds Annual Film Festival at TCHS

High School group displays films at Temple City High School early this month.

Written by Grace Tran / Published June 23, 2010 (ONLINE: June 23, 2010 / IN PRINT: June 25, 2010)

The annual Dragonflicks Film Festival, which was put on by none other than this year’s Dragonflicks, was held on June 2, 2010 at Temple City High School.

Like every year, film festival always has a theme, and this year was no different. However, in comparison to last year’s theme, “Oscars,” this year’s theme was much darker. “Funeral” or “In Loving Memory” was this year’s chosen theme. Dragonflicks students were required to dress in all black attire, which was not a stretch for them, considering that the color is standard for the backstage workers. For senior Iris Liu, a first year member, film fest was a culmination of everything.

“This was my first film fest and it was really amazing to see all our films we worked on this year actually be screened by everyone.” she said. “Also, since we only wear black when we work, I didn’t need to go out and buy clothes!”

The theme was not the only thing to take center stage at the festival. The main reason for thef ilm festival was to celebrate the cinematic achievements of the students in Dragonflicks. All 16 movies were student made. What this means is that each movie was storyboarded, directed, filmed, acted, and edited all by the Dragonflicks members. Genres of films that night ranged from horror to romance, and even included some silent films.

The film festival was bittersweet for Dragonflicks members because it signified the year coming to an end, but especially for three seniors, it was a goodbye to a home they had spent four years in. Seniors Michelle Sparnicht, Stephanie Dang, Kimberly Scinta joined Dragonflicks in their freshman year and have been part of it ever since. For them, this would be their very last film festival.

“DF [Dragonflicks] has been a huge part of my high school career and I’ll never forget it.” Michelle Sparnicht, known in Dragonflicks as Sparky, said. “Film fest was sad because it was my last one, but I’m going to visit next year.”

Dragonflicks, Mr. Kidd, Elias Bourjeili and a special thanks to senior Stephanie Dang, who was in charge of the film festival, made the event possible.

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