Riverview’s IB film students have their own Oscars night – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — For Riverview High School’s International Baccalaureate film students, Wednesday evening will be a special night: it’s their own red-carpet awards ceremony.

Before the awards, the students will screen the 11 student projects completed this year — five senior thesis films and six public service announcements created by the junior class. The films are created by teams of three to five people, with students filling various roles, such as director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

In its third year, the awards ceremony has become a way to show the students’ work to a broader audience and reward them for their hard work. 

“This event is really for the students,” said Jerry Chambless, head of the program. “I really wanted to honor them and make it all about them.” 

Reminiscent of the Academy Awards, the winners of each award are determined by an anonymous board of film instructors, Riverview teachers and Chambless’ film colleagues. He stressed that he has no involvement in the process — this is purely about the students’ work.

“I do not go in and manipulate these in any way, shape or form,” Chambless said. “Just like in the professional world, you could walk away with five or six awards, or you could get no awards.”

Senior Christina Spillman is one of two hosts for the event. Her film, “[Working Title],” for which she served as the sound designer, is nominated in every category except for Best Picture, so she said she thinks the team has a good shot at winning at least one award.

Although Spillman is more of a director than sound designer, she was absent the day everyone chose their roles and so the sound designing process has been a “learning curve,” she said with a laugh. So if she wins, she said, it will be well-deserved.

“We’ll see how that goes,” Spillman said. “Honestly, I think I kind of earned it.”

While she emphasized that she did not…

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