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Domenech & Graziano Place in Passaic County Film Festival

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Derek Pezo' 19
1 May 2019

On April 13th, PVTV participated in the 15th annual Passaic County Film Festival. Entries for this included short animated films, public service announcements, music videos, among others. Passaic Valley was also proud to have two students place in the competition: seniors Mariah Domenech ("Don't Let Drugs Control You") and Lorenzo Graziano ("Always Impending").

“What’s amazing about the film festival is that students have the opportunity to not only compete, but have others view their work,” stated Ms. Stephanie Roberts, PVTV instructor.

Lorenzo Graziano's 3rd Place Award For 'Always Impending'; Photo Credit Lorenzo Graziano '19 The fact that a wide variety of people are allowed to enjoy the hard work that students put into their projects make the effort all the more rewarding. The festival also represents all different types of talented filmmakers that live in Passaic County. Students in PV are always very excited for the arrival of the film festival, and spend a huge amount of time working on their projects. Typically, they work on their pieces at home or in the PVTV room where they are granted access to the school’s production and editting technology.

Domenech won second place in the Public Service Announcement category for her "Don't Let Drugs Control You" PSA. The film warns viewers of the dangers of addictiona and the potential long-term effects of succumbing to peer pressure.

Graziano placed 3rd for the High School Short Film category for “Always Impending.” The film is about a young student who is seen struggling with distractions, reflecting the relatable struggles of student procrastination.

"Always Impending"

“The film is really a visual representation of our minds when we have something that is due," said Graziano. "It’s somewhat cryptic if you watch it once, but I attempted to add lots of recurring symbols throughout the film so people can try and connect the pieces.”

Competing in the festival made Lorenzo realize how much everyone can benefit and learn from each other as filmmakers. “You might learn a lot from watching films," he said, but stressed that there is no substitute for the learning one does on set. "But you truly learn when you get out there and do it.”