THE WINNING FILMS OF 2016 presented by The EDUCATION FOUNDATION, TOWNE REALTY GROUP & NYFA – Special Honorees are Ms. Ellen Krueger & Mr. Gabe Rhodes
Trailer of the 5th Annual Millburn Film Fest
The Ed Foundation and sponsors TOWNE REALTY GROUP & NYFA ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNING FILMS OF 2016
COME SEE THE TALENT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD ON FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST 7:30 PM @ Millburn High School
We are honoring two wonderful film teachers at the high school for their contributions as leaders and educators.
Thank you Ms. Ellen Krueger & Mr. Gabe Rhodes!(see below for more info)
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNING FILMMAKERS!
“2:32” – submitted by Brendan Weissman (11th grade)
“Date Night” – submitted by Aaron Surloff (11th grade)
“Door After Door” – submitted by Jasen Aziz (12th grade)
“Let’s Disappear” – submitted by Kate Parker-Lentz (10th grade)
“Long Story Short – I Babysat” – submitted by Ethan Podell (12th Grade)
“Midnight Euphoria” – submitted by Chloe Xiang (9th grade)
“The Millennial” – submitted by Swathi Nachiappan (12th grade)
“New York City” – submitted by Julia Newman (11th grade)
“Paranoid” – submitted by Kyle Farscht (9th grade)
“Skyliners” – submitted by Julia Damesek (12th grade)
“Still in Motion” – submitted by Julia Newman (11th grade)
“Whistle” – submitted by Kevin Wang (8th grade)
COME SEE THE ENCORE EXTRAS along with the winning films ON APRIL 6TH 11 AM @ Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema
Stuck in a Coma – submitted by Ariel Riseman (10th grade)
Chives – submitted by Julia Kirkland (11th grade)
Hear Me Out – submitted by Kelly Faenza and Brielle Shapiro (12th graders)
Warbird – submitted by Anne Kramer (12th grade)
Venganza – submitted by Brian Lannino (12th grade)
Fall – submitted by Judy Yueng (9th grade)
THE KRUEGER-RHODES AWARDS
We are honoring two wonderful film teachers at the high school. Ms. Krueger teaches film studies and Mr. Rhodes teaches the technical side of filmmaking. Six years ago, Ms. Ellen Krueger and her colleague, Mr. Gabe Rhodes, came up with the idea to hold the Krueger-Rhodes Awards, a ceremony designed to recognize and honor their aspiring filmmaking students. They wanted their students to have an opportunity to be acknowledged the way Millburn High School acknowledges students for their academic and athletic achievements. We are honored to present Ellen and Gabe with an award for their contributions as leaders and educators. They are a true testament to how teachers inspire students. It’s because of their commitment to enhancing the education of their students that we proudly present them with Millburn Film Fest’s first Krueger-Rhodes Award.
Ms. Krueger began her teaching in Millburn in September of 1982 as a teacher of English. She has taught a variety of courses including Modern American Writers, Short Fiction and Poetry, Advanced Expository Writing, Communications and Mass Media. In 1999, she was approached by guidance and asked to create a course that would bring media alive for accelerated students. Hence, Mass Media was born.
In the 17 years of teaching that course, Ms. Krueger has written not only the curriculum, but also a book on the subject of Media Literacy in the classroom titled Seeing and Believing, and moreover she has helped to write the future of hundreds of students. She loves teaching film because it reflects a very personal passion of hers. Simply take a look around her classroom and you will see how she brings the outside world inside.
Ms. Krueger is greatly impressed by the fearlessness of her pupils, what quick learners they are, how they embrace challenges, and how they work collaboratively.
After 33 years, she is proud of her career at Millburn High School. She says, “I have been respected, trusted, and appreciated.”
Our community is thrilled to have her and sincerely values all she has given in her knowledge, dedication, and creativity. She is a champion of students’ creativity and her enthusiasm to encourage students to submit their masterpieces is inspiring. We are so grateful for her help and guidance and appreciate her input in making the Film Fest a success.
Millburn High School Alum, Gabe Rhodes, returned to teach at Millburn in 2003. Mr. Rhodes began as a Math teacher and was eventually able to incorporate another passion into his teaching when his first Digital Video Production class was added to the schools curriculum several years later. He now teaches Math, Commercial Photography, and Audio/Visual Broadcast production. In addition, he spearheaded the creation of Studio 462, Millburn High School’s Internet TV station in 2014.
Although he began his career on Wall Street as an Arbitrage trader, he didn’t stray too far from his roots in photography. Much of his childhood was spent helping his father with the family photography business. In addition to teaching students the art of video production, he manages his own production company, GR Productions, a commercial photography and videography company specializing in portraits, events and weddings. He is also the sports photographer at Seton Hall where he received a Masters Degree in Professional Development (2005) and a Masters in Educational Leadership, Management, & Policy (2008).
He continually inspires his students and is always available to assist with new projects, despite his busy schedule at work and at home. His wife, Dionne, and three young children Adrianna, Anthony, and Dante are among his biggest fans. Obviously the students at Millburn are so lucky to have him as part of the teaching staff. Gabe’s unconditional willingness to help with the Film Fest since its inception has definitely contributed to the successful first 5 years.