Jay High School students win annual film festival


FARMINGTON — Three students from Jay High School won the grand prize of a MacBook Pro Laptop at the second annual CUT the Habit film festival held on March 26. The Healthy Community Coalition organized the student-led film project that was funded through a grant from the American Legacy Foundation.

As part of the project, students from Greater Franklin County had the opportunity to learn the basics of filmmaking from MPBN Executive Producer Chris Sweet, a graduate of Mt. Blue High School. They worked in school-based groups for the past two years, producing a total of 24 short films with a creative anti-tobacco message.

Jay High School freshmen Cameron Rose, Alex Hartford and Louis Krupp won first place for their film, “Crakkah Krunk.” Second place went to Dylan Stinchfield, Griffin Conologue and Errik Begin of Foster Technology Center for their film, “The Evils of Smoking.” Brittany Woods and Eliza Smiley, also from Foster Technology Center, placed third for their film, “Stress.”

“Big Tobacco advertises its products to entice young people into a lifetime of smoking,” said Lorri Brown, program coordinator for the CUT the Habit film project. “The goals of this grant are to counter the use of tobacco products by youth and educate consumers about the diseases associated with the use of tobacco products. In the U.S., about 1,200 people a day die from tobacco-related diseases, including heart disease, cancer, emphysema and stroke.”

All films for CUT the Habit can be viewed at www.cutthehabit.org.