WARSAW — After having their film accepted into a New York film festival, two area teens are raising funds for see their film in Times Square.
Jack Stewart and Nate Meyer participated in the Kosciusko Cares Film Camp. During the camp, six area teens worked together to write and produce four different films about kindness and compassion. One of these films, Fight Night Polite has been accepted into New York City’s All American High School Film Festival.
“Personally, when I found out our film had been accepted I was just dumbfounded,” said Meyer. “I honestly didn’t even know the film was submitted.”
Jessica Hardy, Kosciusko Cares communications director, had entered the films into the festival without telling the teens. Since this was the first year the film camp had even taken place, the staff wasn’t sure how the films would rank next to others in the country.
“Part of our role in the community is to support the arts and opportunities for teens in ways that they can’t get anywhere else,” said Marsha Carey, director of Kosciusko Cares Youth Services Bureau. “We just really enjoy big dreamers.”
Stewart and Meyer were the writers of Fight Night Polite. Both of them had written shorts before, but this was the first time that they had to work as a team to create content.
Kosciusko Cares and Flowfeel Films are actively raising money to help the two teens be able to attend the festival in New York. The film currently has a GoFundMe page for donations. Kosciusko Cares is also planning a public, free will donation screening of the film camp films for the end of September. All of the money raised between these two efforts will go towards the travel and accommodation of Stewart, Meyer and their families.
“I’m really excited to see the whole atmosphere of New York,” said Stewart. “It will also be interesting to see how the whole festival evolves and being able to watch all the other films.”
The film festival takes place on Oct. 7 and 8. Fight Night Polite will be shown at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8 in the AMC Theatre at Times Square.