why i started a film festival just for teenagers

This article originally appeared on MTV News as part of coverage of the 2015 All-American High School Film Festival.  By Andrew Jenks, as told to Kase Wickman Before I started the All-American High School Film Festival, I was a young filmmaker myself. When I was a junior in high school I would make all these […] Read more…

25 inspiring teen filmmakers give advice to their freshman selves

This video originally appeared on MTV News as part of coverage of the 2015 All-American High School Film Festival. If you could go back in time and talk to yourself freshman year of high school, what would you say? Maybe a word of warning to not cut those bangs, date that guy or blow off […] Read more…

meet the teen filmmakers who will be running hollywood someday

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. White County High School in Cleveland, Ga., is 836 miles and a million years away from Washington Square Park in downtown New York City. On the sunny afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 7, eight juniors and seniors from the school gathered in the southwest corner of the park, warily […] Read more…

one person who doesn’t think ‘the martian’ was whitewashed? the author

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. It’s time to ask that age-old question once again: what’s in a name? This morning, the Media Action Network For Asian-Americans released a statement criticizing director Ridley Scott and claiming he’d whitewashed “The Martian” by casting non-Asian actors in roles for Asian characters. Namely, he singled out Mindy […] Read more…

here’s the number one quality a NASA boss says you need to survive in space

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. Imagine this: you’re stuck on Mars. Everyone — your crew mates, your parents, your government, literally everyone ever — thinks you’re dead. Your corpse, they expect, will be on Mars forever, perfectly preserved by the Martian climate. That’s the situation astronaut Mark Watney finds himself in in “The […] Read more…

were ‘the martian’ filmmakers worried when ‘gravity’ hit the scene?

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. One person is stuck in space, all alone. The only hope they have of ever reaching Earth is their own smarts and a whole lot of luck. If this description sounds familiar, it’s because it could describe both “The Martian,” hitting theaters this weekend, and “Gravity,” which was […] Read more…

joseph gordon-levitt really wants to do a movie musical with channing tatum

This interview originally appeared on MTV News. There are certain things that are almost universally acknowledged as great ideas: world peace, for example. Pumpkin-flavored anything. A movie musical co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum. If Gordon-Levitt has his way, the last will someday become a reality. At a press day in support of his upcoming film […] Read more…

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