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Eagle Valley student wins at film festival

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyEagle Valley High School senior Will Brendza says he made his first film, about prank phone calls, in sixth grade

EAGLE COUNTY –Mix one part ginger peach tea, a splash of yoga in the snow (barefoot and shirtless), a bit of matcha, a serving of thai chi, two parts humor and a dash of creative camera angles and you’ve got a winning recipe for a Filmfest submission.

These ingredients landed Eagle Valley High School senior Will Brendza’s film a gold medal in the comedy category at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest competition in Glenwood Springs on May 7.

The winning film, entitled “Will About Me,” depicts a ‘day in the life’ of Brendza, a tea-drinking, meditating yogi, aiming to make viewers chuckle at Zen-thriving individuals in today’s modern world.

Students from schools throughout Colorado and across the country competed in comedy, action, sports, drama, art/experimental and animation categories.

Twenty-three films were selected for the final round and Brendza had two of his works selected. The review panel then selected the top film from each category.

“I would like to thank Ron Beard and MaryAnn Stavney for their support, direction and encouragement of me as an artist,” Brendza says. “I couldn’t have done it without them and certainly wouldn’t have submitted any of my pieces without their guidance.”

Brendza got his first taste of film during the summer of his sixth grade year at Gypsum Creek Middle School. “I took a class that Diana Valdez was teaching at the elementary school, which initially sparked my interest,” Brendza said. “I ended up buying a camera, messing around with it all summer, and, well, the rest is history.”

His first film, created that summer, was entitled” Downfall of Prank Calling” and may him in some hot water.

Brendza will graduate in a week-and-a-half and plans to study film production at the University of Colorado’s Atlas Film School.

For more information on the film festival, visit http://www.studentfilmfest.org.

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