UNION CITY, Ohio – Kate Young’s passion for filmmaking is undeniable.
“When an idea first makes its way into your head there are so many questions to be answered and logistics to figure out. The work involved in taking an idea to a substantial state is always more than you originally anticipate. But the feeling of creating something, having people take your idea and make it into reality–it’s a high like no other,” explained Young.
Her most recent idea turned into a “substantial state” and landed her with the prestigious Best Picture Award and a $1,000 prize at the Richmond Art Museum’s 10th annual Phantoscope Film Festival.
Phantoscope is a high school film festival, juried by film industry and creative professionals that screens finalists in front of a live audience, and awards prizes based on excellence and merit.
Young’s award-winning film, “Presque,” is about “moments in time, how a slight change can make a world of difference. It’s about how an everyday chain of events leads to two people falling in love.”
The film was one of 10 finalists to be shown at the film festival.
“It was especially gratifying to see the winner of the festival become, Kate Young,” said Lance Crow, Education Director at Richmond Art Museum.
“Kate has attended Phantoscope for four years, beginning as a spectator her freshman year and entering films each year after that,” added Crow. “Every year, her films have improved in terms of screenplay, cinematography, creativity, and overall vision. To have her win in her last year was a testament to the festival and what it can do to inspire, affect change, and offer perspective for young filmmakers.”
Young is grateful for the opportunity the film festival has afforded her.
“It was such a special experience to win best picture my final year entering in the Phantoscope Film Festival. The motivation that Phantoscope has presented me with has been invaluable. Without the push from Phantoscope, “Presque” would never have been finished,” she said.
“Phantoscope gives young filmmakers the chance to have their films shown in front of an audience and be recognized,” added Young. “It is an incredible feeling and I am very proud to have been part of the festival for the past four years.”
During the film festival, guest speakers provided inspirational words to the contestants. Angelo Pizzo, the writer and producer known for Hoosiers and Rudy, offered unique writer/director perspective to contestants. J. Andy Murphy, author, and mother of Ryan Murphy who produced of Glee and American Horror Story, also offered a parent’s perspective of cinematography.
Young, of Union City, Ohio, is a College Credit Plus student in Bob Robinson’s Fundamentals of Communications class at Edison State Community College’s Darke County campus.
“Kate is a sharp – and talented – young lady… destined for a great future,” said Robinson.
Watch “Presque” on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEXftFixbYs.