The world premiere for “The Other Side (那边)” had an excellent turnout and was shown great support from our community. There was a catered buffet and a red carpet before the premiere. After the seven-minute film was shown, the audience got to learn about various crew members’ experiences on set. Julie C. (11), Karen H. (9), Sabrina L. (9) were interviewed alongside their directors, Tony H. (12) and Ethan Z. (12), by Mr. O’Reilly, one of our film teachers. They each explained their personal views on the importance of film. “Filmmaking is something that can never be tiring because as long as you are passionate, you want to do it consistently,” said Karen H. (9).
This was the first time ISB has held a premiere for just one film. Tony H. (12) said:
“I think it was a great event to showcase the film. I think that … we were able to gauge what the audience thought about the film… It helped us determine what we need to work on and what we need to improve for our next film.”
The Break also wanted to hear what ISB had to say. Vincent G. (9) said, “Overall, this was a strong showing by both Ethan and Tony. The event was certainly impressive, even more so when it sinks in that two students organized and set it into action.”
Stone T. (12) said, “I thought the event was a unique experience because I have never been to a premiere before, and it was organized so well. It was interesting to see how the whole film developed and where Tony and Ethan’s inspiration came from (eating at Bluefrog apparently). It was a great mix of humor and professionalism between talking about technical details and listening to [stage director] Mr. Ma and his wise words.”
People also had thoughts on the film itself. May L. (10), said:
“The plot line of ‘The Other Side’ conveyed a simple yet powerful story, reminding us of the importance of family. I am not only impressed by the skills and technique employed, but also by how passionate these young directors are about film. It was truly inspiring!”
Mr O’Reilly also mentioned how proud he and the other film teachers were of the efforts their students had put into making this film.
Attendees each went home with a gift bag from the film crew and directors. The gift bag included a poster, a souvenir pebble reminiscent of one of the motifs of the film, and a well-made photo album of some memories on set.
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