If you’ve never heard of the Lake2Sound Film Festival, that’s because this is the first year the Shoreline Arts Festival event has had a name to call its own.
The four year old film festival is one of SAF’s best kept secrets, tucked in among a weekend packed with art, music, dance, and poetry. Conceived as a forum for emerging student filmmakers, this year’s Lake2Sound features a selection of more than 40 high school and college productions, which includes Shoreline and Edmonds School District student projects.
The film festival’s headliner is the documentary “Voices of Wartime,” an examination of the shared human experience of war through the poetry and prose of more than 30 poets, historians, soldiers, journalists, civilians and antiwar activists. “I wanted to get at what it is that really unites us as Americans and human beings,” Seattle based executive producer Andrew Himes said. “What are the core beliefs and values we all share, and how can we have a conversation that’s really deep and genuine, based on our common shared values, and not based on disagreements we have about specific government policies.”
Three screenings of “Voices of Wartime” are planned during the festival, with Himes in attendance at the 3 p.m. Saturday presentation.
This year marks the first time professional filmmakers have been invited to enter the competition. That doesn’t diminish the presence of aspiring high school and college students, who contribute 130 minutes of student-produced content using narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation/claymation techniques. Among the local students participating are Shorecrest High School students Daniel Gross, with his film “Chess,” inspired by experimental claymation films and Matt Chandler and Joey O’Malley’s film “Fiendly Chess.” Shorewood High School is represented by Kyle Reardon’s “Zomie Film.”
Several Meadowdale High School students also have films scheduled for screening, including two films from Justin Kenny, Sean Miller and Will Mansey with “Trinity Of The Haze” and “Tree Of Mystery,” Sean McGrath with “Television,” Derek Morales, Derek Smith and Jury Lucks with “Rocky” and Sangmin Yu with “Dream.”
The films are screened all day during the Shoreline Arts Festival, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, in the Aurora Room on the Shoreline Conference Center campus, 18560 1st Avenue NE.