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Righetti Student Film Featured at SLO Film Festival

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RHS film students Zephyr Delute (12th Grade), Adan Garcia (12th Grade), Anabel Martinez (12th Grade), Samuel Cornejo (11th grade), Nathan Freeland (11th Grade). Their short film will be featured at the SLO FilmFest

           A short film produced by Righetti visual and performing arts students has been selected to screen at the 30th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Contest. 

The six-minute thriller, “The Purple Death,” is about Officer Mark Stevens investigating the murder of Zephyr Martinez with the help of Emily Smith, a McDonalds employee. The competition features work by elementary to high school students. 

          The students say they cannot wait to showcase their work on Sunday, April 28, at the festival. 

“It was an absolute blast to work with my classmates on this film, which was made possible by our teacher, Mr. G, who was able to teach so much, yet keep the class fun and memorable,” said Adan Garcia.
            “I had a lot of fun making this film! It was great acting in it & getting to do the special effects makeup was a good experience! It's such an honor to have something I worked on get into this Film Festival and I hope this marks the beginning of my film career," said Anabel Martinez.

During last year’s festival, there were nine films in the high school category from all over the world including two from San Luis Obispo County.

               “This is the first time a film made by my students has been accepted to the SLO Film Festival and I’m very proud of the hard work my students put into their film. Getting into the SLO Film Festival is a big deal as the festival is considered one of the best in the nation, it just so happens that it’s conveniently located in our backyard. I’m not surprised they got in. These students always put in an A+ effort and it shows both in their growth as film makers and creative storytellers,” said film teacher Jacob Gustafson.

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