Prendergast Library Announces Inaugural Film Festival Winners

Pictured is Prendy Award winner Matthew Swanson (center). Prendy Jr. winners are Shane T. French (left) and Joshua A. Latona (right). Not pictured is Steve Johnson, who won the Prendy Award with Swanson, and Arran Carlson, who won a Prendy Jr. award for “Rebel Scum.”.

The James Prendergast Library’s inaugural short film festival concluded recently with a film screening at the library and the announcement of the festival’s winners.

Steve Johnson and Matthew Swanson won the film festival’s Prendy Award, with their film entitled “Boo?”. The three recipients of the Prendy Jr. Award were Arran Carlson, for “Rebel Scum,” Shane T. French for “Refurbishing a Record Player,” and Joshua A. Latona for “Beyond the Door.”

The film festival was the first event of its kind at the library. Patrons were encouraged to use the relevant resources available at the library’s makerspace, including film editing software, a green screen, and technology to make stop motion films.

Film-making, as well as other art- and science-based projects are planned and run by makerspace staff at the library. The makerspace is open Tuesday through Friday, from 3:30-5 p.m. The space is free to use and open to all ages.