Student Films Screened in New York

Six short films produced by Marksmen were accepted into the 2019 All-American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City:
  • “Gerald" – Gabe Castrillon ’19 and Antonio Ivarra ’21 (Comedy)
  • “Internet Sins" – Antonio Ivarra ’21 (Comedy)
  • “Skateboarding" – Ricky Rodriguez ’20 (Documentary)
  • “A Life of Memories" – James Carr ’21 and Sarbik Saha ’21 (Drama)
  • “Fear Itself" – Jackson Singhal ’20 and Sarbik Saha ’21 (Drama)
  • “Springfield Publishers" – Jackson Singhal ’20 and Jack Genender ’21 (Drama)

The fourth Annual All-American High School Film Festival received more than 5,000 film entries from 48 states and 40 countries. Of those, only a handful were chosen to be screened at the festival. Impressively, the Festival accepted six of the 12 entries submitted by St. Mark’s Film Studies students.

“I am immensely proud of my students,” said Jennifer Gilbert, St. Mark’s Film Studies teacher. “But what’s even more amazing is how much the boys support each other and celebrate each other’s successes. They consider getting any of our films into a festival a win for the entire program, even if it isn’t their film.”

Jack Genender ’21 traveled to New York City to attend the festival. “Springfield Publishers,” the film he directed alongside Jackson Singhal was screened at the AMC Empire 25 Theater in Times Square. Jack said, “It was an awesome experience seeing my own work on the big screen!”

“My goal has always been to teach my students that a good story is the foundation on which you make a great film,” said Ms. Gilbert. “Each one of the films accepted to the AAHSFF is so different but, they all have one thing in common: they tell a good story!”

View films produced by the St. Mark’s Film Studies Program at

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