Student film makes prestigious SXSW film competition
Senior Grace Humes’ film “The Making of Chase Humes” won a slot in South by SouthWest (SXSW) Texas high school shorts portion, and it premiered on March 9 at the Austin Convention Center, which made Humes the first Cy Springs student to be featured.
“It was really hard to get into SXSW; it’s the biggest film festival in the U.S.,” said Humes. “Thousands of high school students from all across Texas submitted, and only 19 were selected, and I was lucky enough to be one of them.”
SXSW is a media festival held in Austin that dedicates itself to helping creative people reach their goals. The first week is film and tech, while the second week is the music showcase. Many that take part in the contest enter with pieces that take many hours and a lot of hard work.
“My emotional attachment to this video is very strong,” said Humes. “It’s something I’ve wanted to produce for the past 2 years, and the fact that it made it to SXSW when I finally did it just makes it that much special and important to me.”
Humes has now set a goal with in the school for the video production class (CSPN). Making an achievement such as this one has made teacher Carlton Thompson impressed, and hopeful of what is to come for his future students.
“I was very ecstatic about his video,” said Thompson “ It was very well produced, and it was technically and emotionally sound. In the future a goal is to be able to get to at least where (Humes) has gotten, and actually even to go further.”