Film club explores passion for motion pictures

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By Joy Hanna

The film club offers members a way to express their passion for motion pictures with others who share their passions movies, shows, and anything on-screen. 

Juniors Alexandria Ali and Sofia Abramson have extended their filmmaking talents into something bigger and better, which is creating a film club at our school. 

Although this is a new club on campus, Ali and Abramson are planning exciting things for their members, such as videos of celebrities discussing their craft as well as their interests in being on film. They hope to get more celebrities to make an appearance. Most recently, the club had Tanner Buchanan of “Cobra Kai” who recorded a video speaking to them. 

“It’s all about the connections. I reach out to people that I know or that I like and I tell them what I’m planning or wanting to do, which led me to reaching out to one of my old math teachers named Mrs. Broadway, whose daughter is dating Tanner Buchanan. She said she would reach out to him, and he agreed to record a video answering our questions about filmmaking. It’s really about just knowing the right people and knowing who to ask about certain things,” Ali said.

What’s important to know about the film club is the effort Ali and Abramson put into making the film club an environment for all film fans, no matter what type of movie, or show genre they like. It’s all about expressing what they love in a positive environment. 

“I want to be a filmmaker when I grow up, so I’ve done things to go towards that, like screening for film companies. I actually wanted to share what I know and to keep learning about film, so I took a filmmaking class, and that’s also why I wanted to make a film club”, Ali said. 

Learning new things about film and sharing their knowledge is a big part of the club for Ali and Abramson.

“I hadn’t seen a lot of movies, for example, “Pulp Fiction.” I know it’s a classic, and it’s a good one. I finally watched it and now I have a take on the movie. That’s what the club is for, to help people like me experience films that we haven’t seen or watched before,” Abramson said. 

Determined to make their club awesome and fun for all, Ali and Abramson’s film club provides a safe space for young people to grow, flourish and gain confidence in film discussion as well as creating a sense of unity across any age, through a shared love and appreciation of film.