Towering Talent


Sacramento will soon showcase artistic talent from young filmmakers nationwide. The 20th annual Tower of Youth film festival will screen around 40 short films, each three to 40 minutes long. More than 150 entries were submitted this year, but it was up to the Tower of Youth North American All Youth Jury to narrow down the best of the best under Tower of Youth president and CEO William Bronston’s supervision. 

California high school students provided their insights on this jury. One such student was Lindsey Hunter, a Folsom High School sophomore. Hunter, 15, became renowned when her short film “Silent” went viral this year. She began filming the piece, about a deaf girl who is bullied by her peers, on Feb. 7. It was uploaded April 11 to Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Facebook page and got 100,000 views within 24 hours, Hunter says. 

After the film’s success, Hunter’s media teacher suggested she join the 2016 All Youth Jury. 

Hunter says she hopes the festival’s selections will “spark somebody’s interest about a subject they want to cover” through film. She admits her exposure to other students’ work got her thinking more deeply about her next ideas, which include a story about her grandmother, who grew up in World War II Germany. 

“It’s already getting me thinking about what I can do in the future to improve my future projects,” Hunter says. 

The Tower of Youth film festival will start Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. at Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.