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RFH Student Filmmakers Take Top Honors at State Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--<<Tuesday, May 25th, 2021>>


RFH Student Filmmakers Take Top Honors at State Competitions

The Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School Film Club is thrilled to announce that one of their entries to the NJ High School Film Challenge was awarded “Best Cinematography.”  The annual competition, held virtually this year and organized by the Jackson School District, featured student-made films from across the state.  Prior to the pandemic, Jackson Liberty High School hosted the New Jersey High School Film Challenge onsite and the day included workshops with industry professionals, hands-on learning with equipment, teacher roundtable talk and concluded with a hosted awards show and screening of the winning films. Hopefully, that onsite event can resume next year; but in the meantime, budding Bulldog filmmakers have been continuing to develop their craft on their own.  For this year’s virtual challenge, students had five days to write, film and edit their work.  The winning film is called "Bad Connection" and was written and produced by Senior Jaden Lanfrank, and Sophomores Tyler Izzo and Molly Patten.  In accordance with the NJ High School Film Fest prompt for this year, "Connection", entries were limited to three minutes or less and had to  include the prop of a picture frame.

While many of the other school districts that participated have dedicated media programs to assist the film production, RFH coordinates its efforts through an extracurricular club through which members meet monthly to share their mutual interest and talents.  Club officer, Lanfrank, Izzo and Patten, wrote, filmed and edited their piece completely on their own -- outside of school and with their own equipment (an iphone!). 

This isn’t the first award in filmmaking this spring for both Lanfrank and Izzo.  Each submitted a different, unique short film this month to the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival and both were nominated for adjudication at the NJ State Teen Arts Festival to be held in early June.  This event will also be held virtually this year. The RFH Film Club conducts school wide activities and fundraisers throughout the year under the guidance of English and Cinema Studies teachers, Lauren Grumbach and Dana Maulshagen.


Tyler Izzo, Molly Patten, and Jaden Lanfrank win "Best Cinematography".