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30 November 2021 07:00PM


The partners behind the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge have announced three winning short films highlighting divisions and inequities in society, and showing how young people are tackling these challenges in their families, schools and communities.

Yonah Sadeh, a student at Bard College at Simon’s Rock from Falls Village, Conn., received first place and $2,000 for his film on affordable housing, “In Our Backyard.” Tommy Tranfaglia, a student at Endicott College from Lenox, Mass., was awarded the $1,000 second place prize for his film on learning and attention disabilities, “Misunderstood.” Danny Wilkinson, a student at Mount Everett Regional High School from Sheffield, Mass., earned $500 and third place for his film about body image and self-esteem, “Self Image.”

Honorable mentions went to: Rachael Bentz, of Arts in Recovery for Youth from Pittsfield, Mass., for “The Story of Indigo Phoenix”; Anna Coon, a student at the University of Miami from Sharon, Conn., for “Hidden Insecurities”; Samantha Hoffman, a student at Chatham High School from East Chatham, N.Y., for “He/She/They”; and Madison Long, a student at Housatonic Valley Regional High School from Canaan, Conn., for “Under Pressure.”

The challenge was led by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and the Civic Life Project as part of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Bridging Divides, Healing Communities initiative, a multi-year effort is focused on building greater social cohesion and trust in the face of persistent disparities and increasing polarization.

The winning films and a selection of other submissions will be screened at two local venues, to be followed by Q&A with filmmakers and a short panel discussion with the audience. Seating is limited, so reserve your free tickets ASAP.

* The Crandell Theatre in Chatham, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. Reserve free tickets: http://www.crandelltheatre.org/

* Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Reserve free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridging-divides-healing-communities-youth-film-challenge-screening-tickets-212549831267

Safety protocols are in place at both venues; proof of vaccination and use of masks will be required for all attendees.

For complete information, visit http://www.youthfilmchallenge.com

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