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Greenburgh Filmmakers Head to Westport Festival

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A Greenburgh filmmaker is headed to Connecticut’s international film festival – right after his finishes his SAT.

Jackson Davis will watch the showing of “Chase,” the one-minute short he directed, Saturday at the Westport Youth Film Festival. But first, the Woodlands High School junior must take the SAT at a nearby Connecticut testing location.

“It’s going to be exciting,” he said.

Davis, who is planning to major in film when he goes to college, created the one-minute movie in December with a group of friends from 10 A.M. Production Studios. The short film-turned-public service announcement has a simple message, the director said.

“Everything’s not as it seems,” he said.

Filmed in Greenburgh, the piece begins with Woodlands student Reece Williams chasing classmate Stephen Doyle III through a dirt path in the woods. After the pair hurdle fences and tree branches and make their way onto a football field, Williams finally catches up to the panicked Doyle. That’s when the audience is hit with a twist.

“You build up your expectations of what’s happening and at the end you realize it’s something totally different than what you expected,” Davis said. “It questions your initial thoughts.”

“Chase” made its public debut last month at the Greenwich Youth Film Festival. While Davis and the 10 A.M. Productions team walked away empty-handed, the film got a great reaction from the audience, Davis said. And the festival turned out to be a valuable learning experience.

“We got to see how much more work has to be done to be where we want to be,” Davis said.

While he is hoping for better results Saturday at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, Davis said just being accepted into the international competition has been rewarding.

“The fact we even got accepted into the festival is an accomplishment,” he said. “It’s very humbling.”

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