“Closeted” depicts a school shooting from the point of view of a sheltering student, writes Kevin Tustin for the Delaware County News Network.
The film claimed the audience award in the youth 11-17 category at the BlackStar Film Festival. It claimed a similar award during the Media Film Festival last spring.
“Closeted” is a nine-minute short about a young girl coming to terms with her sexuality, and her survival inside a school closet during an active shooter event.
Produced through the Media Arts Council’s Media Youth Film Initiative (MyFi), “Closeted” was entirely conceptualized and made by the high school students in the program’s fall 2018 session.
“We had conversations about school shootings and this thing came out about the news always talking about the shooter, the family and the person needs mental help, but they (the MyFi students) felt that the victims always got lost in the shooter’s story,” said MyFi instructor Darryl Ridgeway.
The bulk of the film takes place in a nondescript school closet as the lead actress hears the gunshots go off around her. Not once in the film is the shooter seen.
The hope is to submit the film into other festivals.
Read more about “Closeted” here.