As part of a new series titled "Film Feature", 15 Minutes Max spoke to students who submitted videos to the 2017 competition. The following interview is with Sam Grant, a student at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did talking to her about her … Continue reading Film Feature: Operation Suckerpunch
Welcome to the 15 Minutes Max wrap-up post! This season exploded with more submissions than ever with entries rolling in until the May deadline. In prior years, the contest was open only to college students. Recognizing the talent bursting from younger filmmakers, 2016 marked the second time high school students were invited to join in … Continue reading Tiger blanket for the win
This year is important for 15 Minutes Max. Not only is it our fifth birthday [cue confetti explosion], but for the first time we have significant female representation. Of the 11 finalists, seven are women. That’s more than 60 percent. In an industry that inexplicably seems to favor working with and for men, this festival … Continue reading Ladies, now let’s get in formation
It’s always inspiring to hear about the moment someone’s creative spark ignited. For a stylist, it may have been while chopping off Barbie’s hair. For a painter, it could have happened while scribbling with crayons all over the bedroom walls. For Saint Rose sophomore and 15 Minutes Max finalist Sam Lund, his moment came six … Continue reading Trapped and alone in Room 121
Here at 15 Minutes Max we like to make sure things are done right. From start to finish, the film-making process should be a winding path of inspiration, creativity, passion and impeccable work ethic. Yesterday afternoon the 15 MM planning committee met in the Hearst building at Saint Rose. We had several tasks on our … Continue reading Beethoven clears copyright laws. Beyonce does not.
Some people are such overachievers. Take Courtney Steciuk, for example. She submitted not one but two films to this year’s 15 Minutes Max fest. And one of them was animated. Before you get upset about not realizing you could have put forth more than one film, I want you to know: you can’t. The committee … Continue reading Filmmaker chooses emotion over animation
Now that 15 Minutes Max is open to high school students as well as those collegiate rascals, we see a lot of teenage talent. One of our youngest filmmakers this year is 16- (thiscloseto 17) year-old Lillian Santacrose. She hails from Guilderland High School and is the co-founder of its Film Club. She and co-president … Continue reading Cinematographers take over local high school