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Woodlands High Student Filmmaker Casts Young Student Mystery

Woodlands High School student filmmaker Jackson davis, rear, with the Highview Elementary School third grade cast are making  a short film.
Woodlands High School student filmmaker Jackson davis, rear, with the Highview Elementary School third grade cast are making a short film. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

HARTSDALE, N.Y. - Jackson Davis, a student at Woodlands High School, has recruited a group of Highview Elementary School students for his senior project of creating a short film.

Davis, who said he has been a film lover for as long as he can remember, began making his own movies last year as a junior. His senior project includes teaching a film education class to third-graders.

"The kids' response to this project has been simply incredible," he said. "I was really nervous before I started working with them that they wouldn't be interested or put any work in, but that apprehension was wiped clean immediately. They have stories to tell and they are willing to work hard, learn and create."

Davis describes the film's storyline as a school-day mystery that includes a difficult homework assignment and a missing teacher with a comedic twist ending.

"We've been working on the story together for some time now," he said. "Something magical happens when you put a third-grader in front of a camera. I've seen kids who are shy light up with happiness. It's awesome."

The young filmmaker is hoping to defray some of the $500 production budget by getting contributions from friends and others in the community.

"We've been working towards fundraising to reach my goal of a budget of $500 in order to afford equipment, such as a Glidecam HD-1000," Davis said. If any community members would like to contribute, I'd be very appreciative. Anyone who donates will be listed as a producer in the credits.

Davis' filmography can be viewed at his website . For further information, or to invest in the film, email at jackson_davis@emerson.edu.

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