At New Hope-Solebury High School, film appreciation has experienced a renaissance under the newly appointed President of the NHS Film Club, Anthony Lagana, and the Mask and Zany Club.
Last year, the Film Club hosted two film festival events showcasing talented New Hope-Solebury students who submitted videos to compete for prizes and awards. Students showed excitement and enthusiasm for the competition, writing scripts and making short films for submission. In prior years, the club had been limited to just film festivals.The club originated in 2004 when former students Jared Mancuso and Griffin Horn began hosting film festivals with the help of Mrs. Pittner. Between 2004 and 2005, the school held three film festivals with avid participation from the class. This recent activity came after six-year hiatus. Mrs. Pittner described the issue: "After the first batch of kids graduated, the film club drifted away. It really depends on having a motivated group of students and that’s what we have this year."
Many of the members are very excited for the promising future of this club. Anthony Lagana said: "I think it’s a great way to explore the different kinds of film. I think it’s a thing a lot of students have been interested in and there hasn't really been an outlet and I'm excited that its starting back up again and I'm excited for a great year."
The new president hopes to bring focus to obscure films, showing a different short at every meeting. The club’s next film festival will be open to students from other schools with South Hunterdon of New Jersey and Solebury school in mind. The NHS Film Club meets every other Tuesday during lunch in room 117.