If there’s one thing that Ed Hing has noticed over the six years Williston Northampton School has been holding the Film Fest, it’s that entries are getting stronger—and student filmmakers are getting younger.
This year, the annual film festival accepted entries from more schools than ever before, including newcomers Weston High School, Mount Greylock Regional High School, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, and Connecticut IB Academy.
Mr. Hing, a fine and performing arts teacher and festival organizer, included a new music video category, which he said was popular among student filmmakers. For the first time, he also opened the festival to submissions from Middle School students.
As they stroll around the park, taking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season, visitors to Fenway Park on November 30 might also perk their ears at renditions of Williston Northampton favorites, “O Williston” and “Sammy.”
As part of the Fenway Park Holiday Bash, a winter wonderland-themed event on Friday night, 14 Widdigers and Caterwaulers will perform Christmas carols and group favorites.
The Reed Campus Center has long been known for a place of classical, jazz, and a cappella, but dubstep, acid jazz, or K-pop? Those are just a few of the new sounds students can expect to explore once a Reed classroom is transformed into the new Digital Music Lab.
“This new facility will have a tremendous impact on our music program,” Ben Demerath, Fine and Performing Arts Department head wrote in an email. “Students will explore projects ranging from keyboard skills and ear training to writing their own arrangements.”