Quick, come up with a spy story featuring the following: a character who dies shortly after being introduced, a black-and-white photo of Ian McKellen, and the line, "Not since the accident..." Those were the prompts for this fall's 50-hour student film contest, a twice-yearly competition for middle and high school students from Vermont and New York. Teams had one weekend in which to write, shoot and edit a short movie including those details. "It was certainly a challenge," says event organizer Nick Gordon, who participated in the contest when he was a student at Essex High School several years ago. "It's very difficult to pull off a short film, but it's rewarding. If you have the chance to see your film in a movie theater, that's pretty cool."
TDI is a summer camp/academic program, with overnight and commuter options, for advanced and gifted students who are entering grades 4-9. The 2017 Institute will be held for two weeks: June 18-24 and June 25-July 1. Participants may be involved for one or both weeks. This year's classes, which vary…(more)