DHS film students receive four state awards

Three teen boys sit in the bed of a pickup in a scene from DHS-student movie Have a Nice Day.

Dearborn High School video students recently tied for the most student awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

The students claimed four awards.

Writer/Director Mei Ling Marzonie won for Best Director for The High Road, her funny and poignant coming of age tale.

Electric Oddity writer/director Tristan Nunez won for Best Writing. His screenplay explores how complicated relationships can be in high school.

Have a Nice Day won for Best Long Form – Fiction. It’s a surreal and impressionistic journey with a young man on the edge of a major life change. The award is shared by Writer/Director Damion Minton, producer Kate Roman, 1st Assistant Director Eman Alnakash, editor Alex Schook, stars Victoria Irish and Elijah Fischer, and cinematographer Abbass Karnib.

Abbass Karnib also won for Best Photography for Have a Nice Day.  He was also nominated for his photography in Electric Oddity.I

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Michigan Chapter hosts the annual Student Production Awards to encourage high school and college students to pursue excellence in video and television production.

Dearborn High students also did well at the Michigan Student Film Festival. Students won five Awards of Excellence, including three for the short films “Electric Oddity,” “Girlfriends,” and “The High Road.” The public service announcement for the football team’s Pink Out game also won, which was produced by Jadyn Burks and Lydia Lehr. The music video “Nostalgia”, directed by Victoria Irish, also won an Award of Excellence. A Certificate of Honor was given to the short film “Have a Nice Day.”

Dearborn High had planned to hold its 20th annual Film Festival celebrating student productions in early May.  The event was canceled due to the state-ordered school closure, but planners hope to premier Have a Nice Day at an event this fall.Trailers for student movies Have a Nice Day and The High Road and the nine-minutes long full cut of Electric Oddity can be found on the DHS Film and Video class website.