A Busy Summer for Student Filmmakers

Our award winning film program continues over the summer: Marvelwood student filmmakers and film studies teacher Ben Willis will be making short films on community service for The National Park Service, focusing on cultural, historic, and scientific topics in the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

Currently, the group is working on a documentary on the River Body Project by dancer and choreographer Paula Josa Jones P’10, featuring a dance performance in the Housatonic River designed to highlight the significance and value of this body of water to each of us individually and our communities as a whole.


In 2017, The Video Exploration Program was launched as a collaboration between Marvelwood and The Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area, which is part of the National Park Service. A number of short films were produced, including Ethan Allen: An American Icon, which won for best five-minute documentary at Skills21 at EdAdvance Red Carpet Film Festival.  

Just this week, selections were announced for the All American High School Film Fest in October. In a highly competitive field of over 2000 submissions, three Marvelwood Film Studies productions made the cut for the festival at the AMC Theatre in New York CIty's Times Square: Inalienable: an IMAX In-Focus Documentary, Jabberwocky, and Jake Reynolds: Private Eye. Congratulations to our very talented and dedicated filmmakers! 

Look for updates on this summer's productions, and check out other student films on YouTube.