Foxcroft Academy first offered a filmmaking course in the fall of 2010, and in just a few years the class has produced a wealth of content and grown into an award-winning program. Foxcroft Academy students have won the grand prize (an iPod Nano for each filmmaker and $500 for a school-based project) in two out of four WatchMeCreate.org film contests, a state-wide competition that was started by the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and is open to all middle school and high school students in Maine.
The Power of Art, a short film created by Shinsuke Mikame ’12, Robert Trotter ’12, Holly Leonhardt ’12, and Julian Quinn ’11, was selected as the winner of the most recent challenge, “Watch Me Use the Arts”. Their winning entry centered around the painting of a mural in the school’s Business Office and caught the attention of the Maine Department of Education. This win made it back-to-back victories for students from FA, as Alex Clark’s How to Spray took first place in the “Watch ME Teach” challenge in the spring of 2011.
The FA film program also teamed up with Dover-Foxcroft’s historic Center Theatre in January 2012 to launch the town’s first-ever “Community Film Festival”, an event that was very well-attended and is now an annual affair. The original festival featured seven original short films produced by students from the 2011-2012 filmmaking class and a 45-minute comedy, The Misadventures of Pat Fringle, that was produced by students and faculty from the previous year’s class. The 2013-2014 class, which was led by Derrick Buschmann and Mark Chevalier, produced a festival in April that included a record 30 short films. The entire playlist from the 2014 festival can be viewed above.
Filmmaking students have also produced a number of other short narrative films, commercials, public service announcements, and documentary-style reports about life at Foxcroft Academy. They’ve also worked hard to film and edit many athletic games and other events around campus. Click on the categories below to link to the different playlists on Foxcroft Academy’s official YouTube channel.