Catonsville teen's video among entries in film festival

Catonsville resident Aidan Callahan was one of five students from two Baltimore County magnet high schools who produced movies that premiered at the second annual Baltimore High School Film Festival June 6 at the Charles Theater.

Callahan, a student at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, produced "Ugly and Diseased."

His music video, featuring the band Schroeder and the Brillo-Pad, was one of 21 films selected for cinematography, content, continuity, editing and script to be shown at the June 6 event at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore.

A film by Austin Fleck, a junior in the art magnet at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, won first place in the animation category at the festival. He received a $200 award for "The Tennis Ball," a film less than three minutes long.

The judge for the Animation category was Eric Dyer, an artist and filmmaker who teaches animation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Baltimore High School Film Festival was founded by Beatriz Bufrahi, a member of the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts who earned her Master in Fine Arts in digital and media arts from UMBC.

The festival accepts works of 12 minutes or less in duration in five categories — Animation, the Mix, Documentary, Advocacy/Social Justice and Narrative Short.

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