Four Highline students tell stories of transformation

By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter

Four Highline students have to prizes for films submitted for the second annual Highline Film Festival.

Students can watch these films at the festival, which will be held in Building 7 on Feb. 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The student-made films center around this year's theme of transformation.

Some students used their films to focus on larger social changes, while other students focused on stories about personal transformations.

Many of the filmmakers will be at the festival to introduce their films.

Two of the films, Run for the Hills by Makayla Sandberg and Fear and (Self-) Loathing in Des Moines by Antonio Consiglieri tied for first place. Trevor Deaver's I've Seen Enough and Narscisa Hodges' Awakening received third and fourth place, respectively.

This year, the Highline Film Studies Department and Multi-Media Program faculty members judged the entries, along with David Shulman, President of the Seattle Film Institute. 

Susan Rich, one of the judges for the entries, said that choosing winners was a difficult decision to make.

"[We] had a difficult time determining a clear winner, and we felt it best to offer two First Prize Awards," she said.  "Each film was strong in its own way."

"Some of the things we looked at was the strength of the story, connection to the theme… and the quality of the production," Rich said.

Makayla Sandberg, whose film tied for first place, said that she had a good experience making her film and submitting it to the festival.

"I have always loved making short films and just telling story in general, so when I get the chance to show off my work and ideas, I always like to take it," she said.

She said that she had a good experience making her film, and explained that her sister, Paige, was very helpful during the production.

"My sister, Paige Sandberg, was also a huge part of the making of this film; both acting and making the music for it," she said. "Looking back on the experience, I am pleased with it because I don't think it could have ever gone any other way."

She also said that the process of making her own film was rewarding.

"Seeing something you put so much time and effort into finally come together is so rewarding," Sandberg said.

"Would I recommend this for other students?" she asked. "Absolutely."

For more information about the film festival, visit 

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