The Ballard High filmmakers have reason to celebrate: two of their films won a total of three awards at yesterday’s National Student Production Awards.
Best Short Form Non-Fiction went to the documentary On the Backs of Salmon, by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins, and Miles Whitworth. The film is about “the struggle of the Elwha people to remove the dam that flooded their creation site and blocked the salmon essential to their way of life.” The students produced the documentary last year for IMAX — it premiered at the United Nations’ World Environment Day in 2017.
Best Short Form Fiction film and Best Editing went to Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek and Bailey Wall. “Set in an alternate reality, it concerns a dealer in stolen emotions who has a crisis of conscience,” according to the filmmakers.
A total of six Ballard films were nominated for the awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at Emerson College in LA. If you want to catch Ballard High School’s films on the big screen, you’ll have an opportunity to watch the Ballard Film Festival in February at BHS — more details to come later.
Featured photo from Bottled Emotions