Film

Josiah Media Festival

When: Thu., Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 21, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. 2017

Named after 20-year-old Josiah Miles Neundorf, a film/media student who passed away in 2006 from osteosarcoma, the Josiah Media Festival serves as a reminder that, oftentimes, youth films are more daring and original than those made by more experienced but derivative filmmakers. This year is no exception: the four winners (chosen out of a pool of 1,800 international 20-minutes-or-less shorts directed by auteurs 21 and under) in narrative, documentary, experimental and animation categories are a feast for the eyes. But the doc and animation winners are must-sees: Gente di Mare (USA, a gorgeous yet gloomy look at the Italian-American fishing community in Gloucester, Massachusetts) and iRony (Australia, by 18-year-old Radheya Jegatheva, who wrote, drew, shot, scored, directed and produced this trapped-by-technology gem) easily stand out. Full disclosure: my wife (and other local educators) will be a panelist in the “State of Youth Media Panel in Bexar County” roundtable on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and her SAY Sí students will participate in the local youth screenings at 2 p.m. on the same day. The festival ends with an awards ceremony and Skype conversation with the international winners. In total, 54 films will be screened, including second and third prize winners.

Price: $10-$30