The top prize for storytelling in the recent Future Filmmakers Film Festival went to Hen Hud senior Oliver Pezzano, a student in the Digital Film, Video & Audio Production program at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. Oliver received the award for his film, “Westchester.”
The festival, presented by the Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, the Picture House Regional Film Center, and Westchester County, encourages and honors teen filmmakers. The event took place at the Picture House movie theater in Pelham in April.
“Westchester” is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where all of the air in the New York area has become toxic. The main character is alone, desperately trying to stay alive.
Pezzano’s film teacher at the Tech Center, Liz Marques, was not surprised at his win. “He is an extremely talented, creative student who has a serious love for film,” said Marques of Pezzano, who plans to study film in college in the fall. “If anyone is going to make it in the business, Oliver will.”