Tom Rubino, WHS class of '19, won first place in the Experimental Category for his film "It Won't Hurt" at the 2018 FilmNow Festival in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania on Sunday April 15. The international film festival, hosted by Germantown Academy, gives students from all over the world the opportunity to showcase their work and have it judged by film professionals. Overall, 81 short films from 24 schools, 10 states, and seven countries were deemed "in consideration."
Three films from each of the categories (Narrative, Experimental, Documentary) were selected as finalists and shown during Sunday's screening. Germantown Academy Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications Adam McGrath remarked “To have the opportunity to be assessed by industry professionals, network with their peers, and see their film up on the big screen along with an audience is something that will stay with them as they pursue a career in the arts.” Finalists were also awarded cash prizes for first, second, and third place ($300, $200, $100).
Tom said he decided to make this film because he wanted to explore experimental foreshadowing and how that can drive a story forward. The film was shot with little equipment and no script which allowed the director more creative freedom during the process. He felt the jarring images made the film more impactful because they will be remembered. While the meaning of the film is left open for interpretation, he explores the concept that all situations eventually come to an end. The main character dies a little bit everyday until, finally, he reaches his end.
Tom is now working on a new film for the 10-Day Film Challenge, a project in which teams of students make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 10 school days -- during their film class periods only.
Congratulations and good luck!