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Irvington Student Wins Award At Nantucket Shorts Film Festival

Irvington Middle School eighth-grader Jack Bosco, a budding young filmmaker, has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival for the film “Survival on Nantucket.”
Irvington Middle School eighth-grader Jack Bosco, a budding young filmmaker, has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival for the film “Survival on Nantucket.” Photo Credit: submitted
Thomas Bosco, left, and his older brother Jack Bosco won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival for the film “Survival on Nantucket.”
Thomas Bosco, left, and his older brother Jack Bosco won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival for the film “Survival on Nantucket.” Photo Credit: submitted
Irvington Middle School eighth-grader Jack Bosco, a budding young filmmaker, and his younger brother Thomas accept the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival for the film “Survival on Nantucket.”
Irvington Middle School eighth-grader Jack Bosco, a budding young filmmaker, and his younger brother Thomas accept the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival for the film “Survival on Nantucket.” Photo Credit: submitted

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- A pair of brothers inspired by their past experience at the Nantucket Shorts Film Festival found themselves being honored at this year's competition.

Eighth-grader Jack Bosco and his younger brother Thomas spent last summer making "Survival on Nantucket," a "mockumentary" that won the People's Choice Award at the island film festival.

After learning that a local film studio was allowing the use of its equipment at no cost, the Bosco brothers leapt at the opportunity.

Jack Bosco wrote, directed and edited the film while his brother starred as the lead actor.

Jack Bosco, a student at Irvington Middle School, said his film was a comedy.

"The film is supposed to be funny," he said. "Nantucket is not a place where you need to survive, but it’s definitely a place that has a lot of quirks.”

The students learned some of the intricate details about filmmaking, including the need to film certain scenes under the same weather and lighting conditions and the importance of maintaining a consistent wardrobe.

The youngest filmmakers in the competition, the Bosco brothers were up against two high school students and 10 adults, including a professional filmmaker.

“We were excited just to be selected for the festival,” said Jack Bosco, who admitted that he and his brother didn’t expect to win an award. “It was amazing to get rewarded for something we spent a lot of time working on.”

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