Senior’s Film Exhibited at TriBeCa Festival and P.S. Art
By DANIELLE BRAVERMAN and EVELYN YU
Senior Ronnie Alvarez’s film “Endless Stare” was showcased in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and P.S. Art exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ever since Alvarez was little, he had a passion for cinema.
“It’s an art form,” said Alvarez. “It’s another way of telling a story. My stories. Other people’s stories. You get to learn perspectives, lessons, and love through film.”
Alvarez also received a $1,000 scholarship from the organization Studio in a School.
“Films can show a deeper meaning than words can describe,” he said. “It is a way of communication and connection with the world.”
“It’s a form of expression,” Alvarez continued. “Sometimes people don’t know how to say things, so instead of speaking, they show it. Some people don’t know how to write things, so instead, they draw it.”
Alvarez portrays his imagination on film through editing and finding the right shot.
“I get to capture exactly what I see in my head,” said Alvarez.
Ms. Bouiss, the teacher of the video production class, has inspired him to chase his dreams and believe in himself.
“She motivated me,” said Alvarez. “She believed in my films more than I did.”
Alvarez entered PS Art and Tribeca with the same film, “Endless Stare.”
“It’s about a young boy who changes his cynical viewpoints when he meets a gentle girl,” said Alvarez.
What’s it like having your work shown in the world famous TriBeCa Film Festival?
“It was very exciting,” Alvarez said. “I’ve never had an accomplishment like that. It motivated me to believe in myself.”
“It feels like a milestone in my life,” he added. “One of those things that happen to you that end up adding to your character.”
Although he doesn’t know if he wants to continue film as a career, he encourages other students who want to explore film to “do it your way” and “don’t let anyone hover over your work.” And don’t ignore the importance of the technical elements.
“It can be very hard to properly convey your message,” he said. “So make sure you’re not just trying to paint a picture with a script, but instead shooting and editing.”